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

George Eustice

Biography

George Eustice was elected as the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth in 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 served on the EFRA Select Committee from 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. Projects creating jobs across England to benefit from locally-led funding

    • 20 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. New fund to support joined up action on the environment

    • 17 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. £5 million worth of funding now open to boost innovation for farmers

    • 9 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Consultation on more Marine Conservation Zones opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 16 December 2014
    • Press release