Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs London

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) was established in June 2001 by joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) with part of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and a small portion of the (responsinbilities of) Home Office. It came into being after the MAFF found it difficult to deal properly with the Foot and Mouth disease. In October 2008, the climate wing of DEFRA was joined with the energy team of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and another department, the Department of Energy and Climate Change was founded. DEFRA lays out policies and gives direction to protect nature and environment, promote greener economy and work to uplift the rural areas.

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    Facilities & Services

    DEFRA develops standards and policies that encompass areas regarding the environment, biodiversity and animals and plants in backdrop of the fact that long term sustainability of a society and its economy is dependent upon environment. It also focuses on the influx of green economy which poses a great potential to the future economic prosperity of the country. Another key focus area is rural community with all its farmlands, food and commodities generated in the farms and the health of animals and livestock.

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    Organizational Structure

    The organizational structure of any entity ensures a proper hierarchy, in turn, making sure that the company/department runs smoothly. DEFRA's organizational structure is laid out as follow:

    Secretary of State
    Minister of State
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary
    Permanent Secretary
    Director Generals (5)
    Non- Executive members

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    Operational Hours

    The opening times are from Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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    How to Contact

    The DEFRA can be contacted at the below mentioned telephone number or email address.

    Contact: +44 8459 33 55 77

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    Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR, United Kingdom.

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    How to Get to Defra

    By Tube

    From the ST James Park tube station, move east on Broadway towards Carteret St and then move to onto Tothill St. From there, take a slight right onto Storey's Gate and then turn right onto Victoria St/A302. A left onto Great Smith St/B326 from there will lead you to another left onto Great Peter St. This is where you have to turn right onto Gayfere St and then left onto Smith Square to find the DEFRA office on your left. View Map

    By Bus

    The nearest bus stop is “Horseferry Road Millbank (Stop NK)”. Buses numbering 3, 87, N3 and N87 will take you to this bus tsop. From there, move north on A3212 towards Dean Stanley St and turn left onto Dean Stanley St. This is where you have to make another left turn onto Smith Square. The DEfra office will be on the left side.

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