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

George Eustice MP

Biography

George Eustice has represented the constituency of Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall since 2010.

Coming from a farming background, his family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall where they also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country’s oldest herd of the rare breed of pig, the British Lop. The family have shown a keen interest in educating children about farming and have opened their farm to 3000 schoolchildren a year.

Mr Eustice has sat on the EFRA Select Committee since 2010.

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

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)

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  1. Consultation on more Marine Conservation Zones opens

    • 30 January 2015
    • News story
  2. New sea bass stock protection measures

    • 28 January 2015
    • Press release
  3. Consultation for demersal discard ban launches

    • 23 January 2015
    • Press release
  4. TB advice for farmers in badger cull areas

    • 14 January 2015
    • News story
  5. Fisheries discard ban starts

    • 2 January 2015
    • Press release
  6. Cefas wins 4 year deal in Kuwait

    • 18 December 2014
    • Press release
  7. UK secures fair fisheries deal in Europe

    • 16 December 2014
    • Press release
  8. UK lobbies for fair fisheries deal in Europe

    • 11 December 2014
    • Press release
  9. Farming minister discusses wildlife-friendly farming at RSPB farm

    • 16 October 2014
    • News story
  10. UK Government secures EU support for fisheries affected by Russian ban

    • 14 October 2014
    • Press release