Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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What we do

We are responsible for improving and protecting the environment. We aim to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities. We also support our world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

Defra is a ministerial department, supported by 34 agencies and public bodies.

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Research and statistics

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Policy papers and consultations

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Our ministers

Our management

Permanent Secretary
Second Permanent Secretary, Group Chief Operating Officer
Director General for Environment
Director General for Portfolio Delivery
Director General for Strategy
Defra Chief Scientific Adviser, Director General for Science and Analysis
Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer
Lead non-executive board member
Non-executive board member
Ex officio Defra board member
Ex officio Defra board member
Chief Financial Officer

Contact Defra

Defra Helpline

Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
United Kingdom

Telephone (UK only)

03459 33 55 77

Telephone (from outside the UK)

+44 20 7238 6951

The quickest way to get a response is to call our Helpline which is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm (find out about call charges at, alternatively you can email us.

We aim to respond to queries within 20 working days, however due to the current volumes of correspondence we are receiving there could be a significant delay.

Defra Rural Services helpline


03000 200 301

Contact the Defra Rural Services helpline for farming-related advice.
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
You should also call us 24/7 to report suspicion of notifiable disease in animals.
Find out about call charges at

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Pet Travel Section
Eden Bridge House
Lowther Street
United Kingdom

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

0370 241 1710

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (closed on bank holidays).
Find out about call charges at

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests

Information Rights Team (IRT)
Seacole Building
4th Floor
2 Marsham Street

United Kingdom

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