Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management


The minister is responsible for water, resource and environmental management, rural Affairs and forestry, in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibilities include:


  • Water resource management and quality (including Ofwat)
  • Water Bill
  • Flooding, coastal erosion and flood insurance
  • Inland waterways

Resource and environmental management

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental impacts of climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
  • Environmental regulation
  • Sustainable development including sustainable consumption and production
  • Waste management
  • Air quality, noise and litter
  • Localism and civil society
  • Deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Environment Council

Rural Affairs and forestry

  • Broadband and mobile technologies
  • Countryside and rights of way including coastal and wider access
  • Economic development, skills and apprenticeships
  • Domestic forestry policy (including Forestry Commission)

Commons handling of Lords portfolio

  • Environmental science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pesticides, chemicals and industrial pollution
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Plant and bee health
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Food and Environment Research Agency
  • Departmental administration
  • New Covent Garden Market Authority
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • PFI projects

Previous holders of this role

  1. Dan Rogerson

    • 2013 to 2015


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