Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science


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 the business of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the House of Lords. Other responsibilities include:

  • adapting to climate change and Defra’s interest in mitigation
  • domestic forestry policy
  • genetically modified organisms
  • green economy, sustainable consumption and production
  • environmental quality and waste
  • science, evidence and research
  • welfare of companion and wild animals

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord de Mauley TD

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. The Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE

    • 2011 to 2012
  3. The Rt Hon Lord Henley

    • 2010 to 2011


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