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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 Affairsmarker, 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 Affairsmarker, to:
  • bear overall responsibility for all Departmental issues.
  • represent the UK at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council and at the EU Environment Council.
  • lobby for the UK in other international negotiations on sustainable development and climate change.


Previous Secretaries of State

Name Party Period
Margaret Beckett

8 June 2001 - 5 May 2006
David Miliband

5 May 2006 - 27 June 2007
Hilary Benn

28 June 2007 - present


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