Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs


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 natural environment and fisheries in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibilities include:

  • natural environment and biodiversity
  • fisheries
  • flooding and water, coastal erosion
  • national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • access and rights of way
  • land management and soil
  • marine environment and inland waterways

Previous holders of this role

  1. Richard Benyon

    • 2010 to 2013


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    • Press release
  2. Marine Conservation Zones: response to an article in the Times

    • Government response
  3. £15m fund for rural energy projects opens to applications

    • Press release
  4. International conservation and environment projects receive £8 million

    • Press release
  5. Historic fisheries deal secured by UK government

    • News story
  6. River health gets £1.6 million boost

    • Press release
  7. £8.7 million to fund key environmental projects around the world

    • Press release
  8. Oral Ministerial Statement: Outcomes of December Fisheries Council

    • Speech
  9. UK Government opposes Japan’s “scientific” whaling

    • Press release
  10. South West Water customers to receive £50 off their water bills

    • Press release