Minister of State for the Armed Forces

Rt Hon Adam Ingram MPThe Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 12 June 2001.

Mr. Ingram was born in Glasgow on 1 February 1947 and educated at Cranhill Secondary School and the Open University.

He was, for several years, a computer programmer/analyst with J&P Coats, Associated British Foods and the South of Scotland Electricity Board in Glasgow before taking up a post as Trade Union official with NALGO.

A Justice of the Peace and former Chairman of East Kilbride Constituency Labour Party, Mr Ingram was East Kilbride District Councillor from 1980-1987 and leader of the District Council from 1984-1987.

He was Member of Parliament for East Kilbride from 1987, and his responsibilities have included Opposition Whip on Scottish Affairs and Treasury matters. He was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, a Member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee, Shadow spokesperson on Social Security and Shadow Minister for Science and Technology.  He has lately served as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, before being appointed Minister of State at the MOD in June 2001.

Married to Maureen, Mr Ingram's general interests include fishing, cooking and reading.


  • Defence policy and planning, including:
    • Arms control and disarmament; export licensing
    • International organisations
    • US visiting forces
    • Size and shape of the Armed Forces
    • Intelligence and security, including counter terrorism
  • Operations, including:
    • Overseas commitments and garrisons
    • Northern Ireland
    • Military Aid to the Civil Authorities
    • Nuclear accident response
    • Military assistance overseas
  • The Armed Forces (Regular and Reserves), including:
    • Readiness
    • Sustainability
    • Equipment support
    • Performance
    • Collective training
    • Reputation
  • Defence Logistics Organisation, including ABRO and DARA, and logistics transformation
  • Regional issues and the devolved Administrations

Last Updated: 26 May 05