Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for farming and food, marine and fisheries, and animal health, in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibilities include:

Farming and food

  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Single Payments Scheme and the Rural Payments Agency
  • Food policy, trade and exports
  • Better regulation
  • Climate change mitigation in the agriculture sector
  • Gangmasters’ licensing and agricultural workers
  • Rural Development Programme for England
  • Deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Agriculture Council

Marine and fisheries

  • Fisheries, including Common Fisheries Policy
  • Marine environment (including Marine and Coastal Access Act implementation and Marine Management Organisation)
  • Deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Fisheries Council

Animal health

  • Management of endemic and exotic diseases (including bovine TB)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Board for England
  • Welfare of farm animals
  • Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Commons handling of Lords portfolio

  • Biodiversity (domestic and international, including international forestry)
  • Land management and soil (including commons and contaminated land)
  • National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Ecosystem services
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Wildlife management
  • Welfare of companion and wild animals (including circuses, dangerous dogs and zoos)

Previous holders of this role

  1. George Eustice MP

    • 2013 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. UK food takes centre stage at world's largest annual trade show

    • Press release
  2. Recovery fund for flood-affected farmers opens

    • News story
  3. Projects creating jobs across England to benefit from locally-led funding

    • Press release
  4. New fund to support joined up action on the environment

    • Press release
  5. £5 million worth of funding now open to boost innovation for farmers

    • Press release
  6. Consultation on more Marine Conservation Zones opens

    • News story
  7. New sea bass stock protection measures

    • Press release
  8. Consultation for demersal discard ban launches

    • Press release
  9. TB advice for farmers in badger cull areas

    • News story
  10. Fisheries discard ban starts

    • Press release