One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a Member of Parliament in a department of state, ranking below a minister.
- ‘The person who interviewed David Lammy, the parliamentary undersecretary of state for health, for Emergency Medicine Journal makes an interesting observation.’
- ‘Chris Leslie, parliamentary undersecretary in the department of constitutional affairs, is worried.’
- ‘Hazel Blears has moved within the Department to become parliamentary undersecretary of state for public health.’
- ‘Headteacher Julia Sandiford-Mitchell received a letter from Lord Adonis, parliamentary undersecretary of state for schools, congratulating St Mary's on its success.’
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