§ Margaret Beckett
[holding answer 25 June 2001]The responsibilities of Ministers in my Department are as follows:
Secretary of State: right hon. Margaret Beckett MPOverall responsibility for all departmental issues. Will represent the UK at the EU Agriculture Council.
Minister of State (Environment): right hon. Michael Meacher MPSustainable development. Climate change. Environmental protection and water issues. Wildlife and conservation. SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Energy efficiency. Will represent the UK in the EU Environment Council.
Minister of State (Rural Affairs): right hon. Alun Michael MPRural affairs and countryside issues. Oversight of delivery of Rural White Paper. Chairs Rural Task Force. Partnership with voluntary and community groups in rural areas. Hunting with hounds. Regional issues. Overall lead on ERDP. Department's e-business strategy.
Parliamentary Secretary (Commons): Ellio[...] Morley MPAnimal Health, including TSEs and follow-up to Phillips Inquiry Report. Animal welfare. Fisheries (will represent the UK in EU Fisheries Council). Whaling. Forestry. Agri-environment schemes. Floods and coastal defence. Departmental administrative issues.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lords): The Lord WhittyFood and farming. Horticulture. Plant health. General oversight of departmental science and R&D. Rural Payments Agency. Inland Waterways.