Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science


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

Science and research

  • Agri-tech Strategy
  • Environmental science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pesticides and chemicals
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Food and Environment Research Agency

Natural environment

  • Biodiversity
  • Pollinators
  • Land management and soil
  • National Parks and AONBs
  • Ecosystem services
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Wildlife management


  • Plant and tree health
  • Invasive non-native species

Animal welfare

  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Wild animals in circuses

Commercial projects and departmental administration

  • New Covent Garden Market
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • PFI projects

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord de Mauley TD

    • 2013 to 2015


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