Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.


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Secretary of State

George Eustice MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith MP
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Victoria Prentis MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Rebecca Pow MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Lord Gardiner of Kimble
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Shadow Ministers
Lord Grantchester (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Stephanie Peacock (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Daniel Zeichner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Aug 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Litter and rubbish left in parks can be harmful to wildlife. If the bins are full, please take your rubbish home. #LoveParks #KeepItBinIt #KeepBritainTidy https://t.co/xu8ZHXtiJ2 - Link
2 Aug 2020, 9:01 a.m.
When going to the shops or travelling on public transport: ✅ Wear a reusable face covering to reduce waste ✅ Don’t create litter with disposable face coverings or gloves Play your part in helping to protect the environment. #EnjoySummerSafely #Coronavirus https://t.co/HEq8iLHhsp - Link
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jun. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 22 Urgent Questions Transport Emissions: Urban Areas
Mar. 16 Westminster Hall Sentience and Welfare of Animals
Jun. 24 Adjournment Debate Protection of UK Food Standards
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 30 January, 2020 31 Jan 2020, 9:30 a.m.
To make provision for the incorporation of the Direct Payments Regulation into domestic law; for enabling an increase in the total maximum amount of direct payments under that Regulation; and for connected purposes.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
21 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Plant Breeders' Rights (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1) to give effect to separation provisions regarding Community plant variety rights in Part 3 (Title IV on Intellectual Property) of the withdrawal agreement(5), in particular Articles 54(1), (3), and (6), 55(2), 59(2) and 61.
Laid
21 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made under section 87 of the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25). They make provision restricting the sale of certain solid fuels, and provide for the enforcement of breaches of these Regulations by a local authority.
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Petitions addressed by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
247,048
Petition Closed

Ban the use of all non-recyclable and unsustainable food packaging

Gov Responded - 18 Jun 2019 Debated on - 24 Jun 2019
5 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 2 months ago

Today the Earth is at a crisis point due to our plastic consumption, and as a result, people in the UK are more willing than ever to engage in recycling. Yet so much food packaging remains completely, frustratingly unrecyclable. Let's aim for the UK to lead the world with a 100% recycling rate.

186,226
Petition Closed

Reject calls to add Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the Dangerous Dogs Act

Gov Responded - 5 Jul 2018 Debated on - 16 Jul 2018
22 Dec 2018
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

PETA, an organisation that is meant to be dedicated to protecting animals, has proposed to the UK government that it should add Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the dangerous dogs act, effectively banning them outright. Breed Specific Legislation is not the solution to the problem of dog attacks.

148,248
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Gov Responded - 20 Mar 2018 Debated on - 21 May 2018
1 Sep 2018
closed 1 year, 11 months ago

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Publications


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
3 Aug 2020, 12:41 p.m. River Wharfe: Swimming Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to respond to the application by river users and residents to turn part of the River Wharfe in Ilkley into a bathing water area; and by what process they are considering that application.

Answer (Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park)

We received an application from the Ilkley Clean River Group in October 2019 for a stretch of the River Wharfe to be designated as a bathing water area. After reviewing further evidence, we are now preparing to proceed to a public consultation. Given the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we will schedule a date to begin the consultation as soon as it is appropriate to do so. This was confirmed by Minister Pow in a letter to the Ilkley Clean River Group on 13 May, following a meeting with Robbie Moore MP to discuss the application.

We have considered the application in line with our usual process for applications for bathing water designation, the details of which are available on the GOV.UK website.

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