Ministerial role

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food


Ministerial responsibilities within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs changed following the ministerial appointments on 7 October 2013

The minister is responsible for agriculture and food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibilities include:

  • animal health (including endemic and exotic diseases)
  • farming and food
  • hunting and shooting
  • Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)
  • Single Payments Scheme
  • welfare of farm animals

Previous holders of this role

  1. David Heath CBE

    2012 to 2013

  2. The Rt Hon James Paice

    2010 to 2012


  1. Cage trapping and shooting
  2. Monitoring the pilot badger cull
  3. Spending on cattle and badger vaccination
  4. Measure whether the pilot badger cull has been safe and humane
  5. Financial implications for farmers withdrawing from badger cull
  6. Monitoring of the pilot badger cull
  7. Launch of week to inspire small food and drink businesses to export
  8. Briefing to Ministers on alternative pesticides (neonicotinoids)
  9. Estimates of up to date population size of badgers and foxes in the UK
  10. Qualifications required for appointment on site monitoring of for pilot badger culls