Lord de Mauley has been replaced as resource minister at Defra by the Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson.
Colin Church, director for resource and waste in the department (left), revealed the move in a series of tweets on Twitter.
The first read: “Dan Rogerson confirmed as new Minister with responsibility for Resource & Environmental Management in @DefraGovUK.”
Church then added: “Also in DR’s portfolio: sustainable development & procurement, noise, air quality, litter and climate adaptation - almost all of my areas!”
He indicated Rogerson was also the new minister for water, rural affairs and forestry.
Defra has now confimed Rogerson’s new portfolio.
There had been speculation within the industry that de Mauley would be moved following the ministerial re-shuffle last week. Defra has confirmed that de Mauley’s new brief will be natural environment, science and research.
Rogerson, MP for North Cornwall, was promoted and on Monday was the minister officially commenting on the Environment Agency’s latest Waste Crime Report.
However, de Mauley was back in the waste limelight a day later over ministerial guidance to councils on commingling and glass quality. The document had been sent out before the weekend.
Rogerson was elected to Parliament in May 2005, since when he sat on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee at Westminster.
He was also a co-chair of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group.
George Eustice, another Cornwall MP who was promoted to Defra minister in the re-shuffle, will be in charge of the food, fisheries and farming portfolio, Defra has confirmed.