Resource Use

Rogerson replaces de Mauley as resources minister

Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has been handed the portfolio for resource and environmental management according to a spokesperson at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The MP for North Cornwall was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra in the government reshuffle earlier this month (7 Oct), and is the fourth minister to take responsibility for waste and resource recovery since the Coalition government came to power in 2010.

Rogerson is already well known to the industry, with an established track record of interest in the issues. He has been a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee for the past eight years and is co-chair of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG).

Laura Wilton, Manager at APSRG, said: “We are delighted that Dan Rogerson has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra. He has been a fantastic Co-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, and a great champion of sustainable resource issues in Parliament. We look forward to working with him closely to ensure UK waste policy remains high on the government agenda.”

Commenting on behalf of the Resource Association, Chief Executive Ray Georgeson  said: “We welcome Dan Rogerson to his new role. The fact that he has a proven interest in the subject is good news and we very much look forward to working with him.

“I would also like to thank his predecessor Lord de Mauley for efforts to drive up standards on recycling quality, and hope that the Mr Rogerson will continue the progress that he has made. This is our fourth minister in four years and the industry now needs stability at the top of Defra for the remainder of this parliament, especially as this is a time when the government is making substantial changes to the way the recycling industry operates and clear, consistent, leadership is required.”

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) similarly greeted the appointment with a positive reaction. “Mr Rogerson has both a sound knowledge of waste and resource issues and a track record of constructive involvement with this important and growing sector and we are pleased to welcome him to his new portfolio,” said CIWM Chief Executive Steve Lee.

He added: “We will be seeking an early meeting to impress upon him the need for government leadership and vision on waste and resource efficiency. With the right support, our industry has a significant contribution to make to economic growth and jobs, resource and energy security, and progress towards a circular economy.

“We also hope that Mr Rogerson’s appointment marks the beginning of a period of stability, ensuring that the important issue of waste and resource management remains a strong focus for Defra and other key government departments with a waste remit.”

Mr Rogerson has also taken on ministerial responsibility for water, rural affairs and forestry, and Commons handling of the Lords portfolio.