DEFRA Ministerial Appointments
DEFRA Ministers the politicians, forming part of the British government, who lead and direct the department are as follows. DEFRA Secretary of State is a member of the Cabinet.
Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State
Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food
Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries
Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
Who are DEFRA from the DEFRA website (http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/ )
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a government department in the UK.
We cover we make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in - areas such as:
the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
sustainable development and the green economy
food, farming and fisheries
animal health and welfare
environmental protection and pollution control
rural communities and issues.
Although we only work directly in England, we work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
Read more about the department, including key facts and figures
Read more about our priorities and objectives
The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our quality of life and well-being. We also believe that much more needs to be done to support the farming industry, protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable food production.