Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Background

Defra's website states its three main objectives as: 'Secure a healthy natural environment for us all and deal with environmental risks; promote a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy; ensure a thriving farming sector and a sustainable, healthy and secure food supply'.[1]

People

Updated October 2017

Ministers

  • Michael Gove MP - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from June 2017
  • George Eustice MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food since May 2015; and Defra minister for farming, food and marine environment since October 2013; former Portland Communications associate director (c2009).
  • Thérèse Coffey MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment from July 2016
  • John Gardiner, Lord Gardiner of Kimble - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity from June 2017; Defra minister from July 2016.

Previous Ministers

  • Andrea Leadsom MP - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2016 - 2017
  • Elizabeth Truss MP - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2014 to 2016
  • Owen Paterson MP - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2012 to 2014
  • Lord de Mauley - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science
  • Rory Stewart MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary from 2015
  • Dan Rogerson MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management 2013-2015

Special advisers

Previous special advisers

Management

Previous management

Chief Scientific Adviser

Press and comms staff

Department organogram

Accessible at: https://data.gov.uk/organogram/department-for-environment-food-and-rural-affairs/2016-03-31 Shows grade and pay of key staff (latest update: March 2016)

Consultancies

In 2012-13 law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was ranked second out of the top 10 consultancies used by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which paid FBD £587,922 in 2012-13. [5]

Contact details, Resources, Notes

Contact

  • Address: Defra, Customer Contact Unit, Eastbury House, 30 - 34 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TL
  • Contact Defra's Ministers: Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR,
  • Phone: 08459 33 55 77
  • Fax: Customer Contact Unit 020 7238 2188
  • Website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/

External Resources

Notes

  1. The Defra website What do we do - our objectives in detail, Defra, 19 December 2008, accessed 11th February 2009
  2. Michael Gove signs up yet another special adviser from Portland, Public Affairs News, 27 September 2017
  3. Defra Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Boyd, DEFRA, acc 27 May 2014
  4. Oliver Claydon, LinkedIn profile, accessed 28 October 2014
  5. Consultants, Written Answers, Commons Debates, Hansard, undated, Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid. [195574]