Permanent Under Secretary of State - Ministry of Defence

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The Permanent Under Secretary of State (PUS) at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the UK Government's principal civilian adviser on Defence, and has primary responsibility for policy, finance and administration in the Department. As MOD's Principal Accounting Officer, the Permanent Secretary is also personally accountable to Parliament for the expenditure of all public money provided for defence purposes.[1]

Partial list of Permanent Under Secretaries


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  2. Peter Hennessy, Whitehall, Free Press, 1989, p.254.
  3. Sir Frank Cooper, The Telegraph], 30 January 2002.
  4. John Willcok, Pembroke: Hit for six by a slow delivery, The Independent, 9 September 1994.
  5. Tam Dalyell, Sir Michael Quinlan, The Independent, 28 February 2009.
  6. Sir Richard Mottram appointed Vice-Chairman, Ditchley Foundation, accessed 22 November 2010.
  7. Sir Kevin Tebbit, Queen Mary, University of London, accessed 21 November 2010.
  8. Michael Smith and Jonathan Oliver, Defence chief to be axed, Sunday Times, 23 June 2010.
  9. Permanent Under Secretary, Minstry of Defence, 21 November 2010.