Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


Responsibilities include:

  • COVID-19 issues related to food for the vulnerable, farming and fisheries Fisheries and Fisheries Bill
  • Farming including Agriculture Bill, Environmental Land Management, the Common Agricultural Policy and pesticides
  • Food including the National Food Strategy, production, growth, skills and apprenticeships
  • Science and innovation, including GMOs and gene editing
  • Better regulation and the department’s secondary legislation programme
  • Transition period activity, leading to our future relations with the EU
  • Lead for Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), FERA Science, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Previous holders of this role

  1. Victoria Prentis MP

    2020 to 2021