Information bulletin: Defra ministerial portfolios announced

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103/10 The portfolios for the new Defra Ministerial team have been agreed as follows:

Secretary of State (Caroline Spelman MP):

  • Overall responsibility for departmental policy; particular interest in CAP reform, biodiversity and climate change
  • Strategy, budget and finances
  • Legislative programme
  • Emergencies
  • EU and international relations.
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural England

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (Jim Paice MP)

  • Farming
  • Food
  • Animal health (including endemic and exotic diseases)
  • Responsibility and cost-sharing
  • Welfare of farm animals
  • Single Payments Scheme
  • RDPE
  • Forestry (including Forestry Commission)
  • Agriculture and forestry carbon budgets
  • Hunting and shooting
  • Agricultural Wages
  • Gangmasters Licensing
  • Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS)
  • Better regulation
  • Deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Agriculture Council

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries (Richard Benyon MP)

  • Natural environment
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity
  • National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Wildlife
  • JNCC
  • Flooding and water (including Nitrates)
  • Inland waterways (including British Waterways)
  • Land management (including commons and contaminated land) and soil
  • Rural Affairs
  • Coastal erosion
  • Marine and Coastal Access Act implementation
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Coastal and wider access, countryside and rights of way
  • Marine Environment
  • Fisheries, including CFP
  • EU Fisheries Council
  • Departmental administration
  • Apprenticeships

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lord Henley)

  • Environmental regulation
  • Air quality
  • Local environmental quality, including noise
  • Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
  • GMOs
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemicals and pesticides (inc CBRN)
  • Local and regional government
  • Localism and third sector
  • Climate change – adaptation
  • Climate change – Defra’s interest in mitigation and overall carbon budgets lead
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Biofuels
  • Welfare of companion and wild animals
  • Dangerous Dogs
  • Bee health
  • Plant health
  • Kew Gardens
  • Science, evidence and research
  • Waste and recycling
  • Global monitoring of environmental security (GMES)
  • All departmental business in the Lords
  • Deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Environment Council

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