Ministerial role

Minister of State

Responsibilities

Ministerial portfolio responsibilities for Defra include:

  • International environment, climate, biodiversity and conservation
  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • International oceans (incl. Defra aspects of Blue Belt, Overseas Territories and marine litter)
  • International vulnerable marine species
  • All animal welfare, including live exports and religious slaughter
  • Forestry policy – domestic and international
  • Food chain policy

Ministerial portfolio responsibilities for DFID include:

  • Climate and environment
  • Caribbean and Overseas Territories
  • Procurement and commercial

Current role holder: Zac Goldsmith MP

Zac Goldsmith MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development on 10 September 2019.

He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development on 27 July 2019 and 10 September 2019.