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Part-time Ministerial Post

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors he took into account when deciding that the post of Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Foods) should be a part-time post. (73210)

The post of the Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Foods) is full-time. In accordance with long standing practice Lords Ministers with particular departmental responsibilities also act as spokesmen for other Departments in the House of Lords. Lord Rooker acts as spokesman for Northern Ireland and is also deputy leader of the House of Lords.