Lord de Mauley is no longer part of Defra’s ministerial group, the department has confirmed.
De Mauley, a Conservative peer, has been a minister in the department since taking over the role from Lord Taylor in 2012.
However, he lost the waste management brief in October 2013 when it was transferred to the Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson who became resource minister to reflect the change in emphasis towards ‘waste’ materials.
This happened immediately after the peer issued guidance to councils on commingling and glass quality with some observers suggesting it had annoyed colleagues in the communities department. He retained responsibility for the sector’s infrastructure.
Following the general election on 7 May, three former Defra ministers had their roles confirmed: Liz Truss as environment secretary; George Eustice, minister of state, and Rory Stewart as parliamentary under secretary of state.
De Mauley’s position was unclear for the two weeks after the poll until he was removed from the ministerial board on Defra’s website.
The department has yet to announce a replacement for either de Mauley or Rogerson’s resource role. Rogerson lost his seat at the election when his party was routed.