Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. DEFRA's broad remit means it plays a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.


Licence fee increases on the canal - 29 April, 2024

Last month I wrote to the Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust following up on the concerns of several of my constituents, regarding the CRT’s proposal to raise boat licence fees above inflation for the next 5 years and the introduction of a surcharge for those boaters without a permane

Fox Hunting - January 2022

Many thanks to those who have contacted me about fox hunting.

I appreciate the strong feelings many people have on this issue and I share your concern for ensuring the welfare of animals.