Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Infobox minister office
border = parliamentary
minister = not_prime
office = Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


incumbent = Hilary Benn MP
tookoffice = 28 June 2007
appointed_by = Gordon Brown
governor = Prime Minister
first_minister = Margaret Beckett
date = (June 8 2001)

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a UK cabinet-level position in charge of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the successor to the positions of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State has three main responsibilities at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
*S/he has overall responsibility for all Departmental issues.
*S/he represents the UK at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council and at the EU Environment Council.
*S/he leads for the UK in other international negotiations on sustainable development and climate change.

Previous Secretaries of State


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