West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew has been appointed defence procurement minister after Guto Bebb resigned from the post last week.
Andrew leaves his role as a junior minister at the Wales Office, which he also inherited from Bebb in January.
The new minister will be responsible for delivering the Ministry of Defence’s Equipment Plan, a £180bn 10-year spending plan to modernise the military, which faced criticism earlier this year from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
In a report, the PAC warned of a shortfall of as much as £20bn on the plan, saying it “lacks cost control”. Andrew has consistently voted for replacing the Trident nuclear deterrent with a new weapons system, which the report said was the “biggest risk” to the plan financially.
Andrew was quick to talk up the defence industry, where “the very best engineers and designers make outstanding equipment for our amazing Armed Forces and generate billions for our economy while they’re at it”.
“Incredible sights of our first new aircraft carrier sailing through global waters and F-35 fighter jets flying through British skies are striking symbols of major procurement deals now really coming to life, and ambitious plans are in place to ensure we continue leading the way into the future,” he said.
“I’m very excited to press ahead with those plans, supporting this fascinating industry and ultimately getting the likes of new ships, jets and vehicles for the brave men and women who protect our nation every single day,” he added.
His predecessor, the MP for Aberconwy, resigned on Monday to vote against the government on amendments to its Brexit customs bill.
☛ Want to stay up to date with the news? Sign up to our daily bulletin.