Rory Stewart is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs

Portfolios have now been confirmed for Defra Ministers.

One of our local MPs Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Borders) has Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, has responsibility for:

  • natural environment
  • floods and water
  • resource and environmental management
  • rural affairs
  • lead responsibility for the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission
  • deputy for the Secretary of State on Environment Council

According to Rory's webiste "The job includes rural communities, wildlife, national parks, forestry, rivers (fish, irrigation, drinking water, and flooding), air quality, and more. And although I have to travel around the country, a lot of this brings me back to Cumbria. Two weeks ago, for example, I began by visiting the Environment Agency in Bristol, Natural England in York, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but ended with the Forestry Commission in Cumbria".

The Secretary of State, Liz Truss, has overall responsibility for the Department and her responsibilities include:

  • EU and international relations
  • emergencies
  • departmental administration

Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, George Eustice, has responsibility for:

  • food and farming
  • animal health and welfare
  • marine and fisheries
  • science and innovation
  • better regulation
  • ead responsibility for Rural Payments Agency, Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • deputy for the Secretary of State on Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Defra Spokesman in the House of Lords, Lord Gardiner, has responsibility for:

  • biosecurity strategy
  • pollinators
  • commercial projects
  • landscape
  • climate change adaptation