Ministerial role

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

Responsibilities

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 MP

    • 2010 to 2013

Policies

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

  1. Reducing the threats of flooding and coastal change

    • 2 April 2014
  2. Protecting and improving people’s enjoyment of the countryside

    • 31 March 2014
  3. Making European funding work better for the UK economy

    • 21 February 2014

Announcements

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

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  1. New measures to increase rural home-building

    • 1 October 2013
    • Press release
  2. Marine Conservation Zones: response to an article in the Times

    • 7 August 2013
    • Government response
  3. £15m fund for rural energy projects opens to applications

    • 28 June 2013
    • Press release
  4. International conservation and environment projects receive £8 million

    • 19 June 2013
    • Press release
  5. Historic fisheries deal secured by UK government

    • 14 June 2013
    • News story
  6. River health gets £1.6 million boost

    • 3 June 2013
    • Press release
  7. £8.7 million to fund key environmental projects around the world

    • 8 April 2013
    • Press release
  8. Oral Ministerial Statement: Outcomes of December Fisheries Council

    • 8 January 2013
    • Speech
  9. UK Government opposes Japan’s “scientific” whaling

    • 28 December 2012
    • Press release
  10. South West Water customers to receive £50 off their water bills

    • 27 November 2012
    • Press release

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