Minister Joan Ruddocks experience of environmental policy will be welcomed at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as her move there has been confirmed.
She will join Cabinet Minister Ed Miliband (pictured below right), who is heading up the department, along with Minister Mike O'Brien, previously Pensions Minister, and Minister Lord Hunt, who was previously at the Ministry of Justice.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: The DECC will give an even greater focus to solving the twin challenges of climate change and energy supply. It will bring together much of the Climate Change Group, previously housed within the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), with the Energy Group from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).
Commenting on his appointment, Miliband said: "The new department reflects the fact that energy policy and climate change are directly linked.
Exactly which policies will move from Defra and BERR to DECC has yet to be decided. A DECC spokeswoman could not confirm if it would take responsibility for policies such as the waste strategy or recycling. She said: Which policy areas will be moved to DECC are still being debated by government officials and Ministers. There is currently no information or details about what the portfolio will entail.
However, Ruddocks experience of policy governing waste and recycling might suggest such a policy move is likely.
Miliband said: "My job is to make sure our policy on climate change is fair for ordinary families and our policy on energy is sustainable for future generations.
"We will do all we can to ensure affordable fuel bills for people, put Britain at the forefront of creating green jobs and play our part in ensuring every country meets the climate change challenge.