Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


Responsibilities include:

  • Domestic natural environment
  • 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Environment Bill
  • Climate change adaptation, co-ordination of Defra input to net zero, land use
  • Floods and water
  • Resource and environmental management (including waste, air quality, chemicals, litter)
  • Commercial projects including Covent Garden Market and waste PFI projects
  • Lead for Environment Agency and Natural England
  • Commons Minister for rural affairs, landscape, and adaptation

Current role holder

Rebecca Pow MP

Rebecca Pow was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 10 September 2019.

Rebecca was previously a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 23 May 2019 and 10 September 2019.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. David Rutley MP

    2018 to 2018


  1. Tyre particles are contaminating our rivers and ocean, study says
  2. Ministers urge councils to plan for safe re-opening of recycling centres
  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to councils on the re-opening of household waste and recycling centres
  4. Environment Minister's letter to the waste sector on the impact of coronavirus
  5. Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak
  6. Local authorities get £2.2 million boost to tackle air pollution
  7. UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve created on Purbeck Heaths
  8. Preserving our water resources in a changing climate – industry and government tackle threat to future water supplies
  9. Legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds enters Parliament
  10. State of the Estate 2018-2019