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undersecretary British & World English

A subordinate official, in particular (in the UK) a junior minister or senior civil servant, or (in the US) the principal assistant to a member of the cabinet

Permanent Undersecretary British & World English

(In the UK) a senior civil servant who is a permanent adviser to a Secretary of State

parliamentary undersecretary British & World English

(In the UK) a Member of Parliament in a department of state, ranking below a minister