Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State - Huw Irranca-Davies (Minister for Marine and Natural Environment)
- Marine environment and Marine Bill
- Natural environment policy
- Natural England
- Land management; Soil
- Rural development programme for England (RDPE) (agri-environment/forestry schemes)
- National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
- Coastal and wider access, countryside & rights of way
- Coastal erosion
- Inland Waterways and British Waterways
- Sponsorship of Kew Gardens
- Ecosystem services
- Flooding and water (including Nitrates Directive) Better regulation; Third Sector; Apprenticeships
Huw Irranca-Davies joined Defra from the Wales Office where he has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales since June 2007. He has sat on the Procedures Select Committee, Standing Committee for the Police Reform Bill, Fireworks Bill and Communications Bill amongst others.
He has also served as a Government Whip (June 2006-June 2007) and was previously a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Work and Pensions, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Northern Ireland Office. He has sat on the Welsh Grand Committee and the Northern Ireland Grand Committee.
In his early career Huw Irranca-Davies worked for local authorities in leisure management and he later worked in private sector management and as a lecturer at Swansea Institute of Higher Education.
At Defra he is the Bill manager for the Marine & Coastal Access Bill, and has responsibilities for the development of flood & coastal management policy & legislation. He is also the Minister that leads on fisheries policy & negotiations in the EU and globally. Alongside the Secretary of State Hilary Benn he played, as National Parks Minister, a key role in the quasi-judicial decision to create the UK’s newest National Park in the South Downs.
Most recently he was engaged in resolving the concerns of the Scouts Association, Churches, community sports clubs & others about the so-called “Rain Tax”, culminating in the announcement by the Secretary of State that Government will legislate to enable water and sewerage companies in England and Wales to operate concessionary schemes for community premises for the purpose of surface water drainage charges.
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