THIRD SPECIAL REPORT
The Environmental Audit Committee has agreed to
the following Special Report:
GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE THIRD REPORT FROM
SESSION 19992000 ONCOMPREHENSIVE SPENDING REVIEW:
RESPONSE AND FOLLOW-UP (HC 233, 1999-2000)
1. The Environmental Audit Committee originally published
a report on the Comprehensive Spending Review and Public Service
Agreements in February 1999 which examined the account that
had been taken of environmental protection and sustainable development
within the said review.
The Government's response to that report was published as an appendix
to a further report in Session 1999-2000, Comprehensive Spending
Review: Government response and follow-up, which contained
substantive analysis and conclusions of the Committee.
The Government's response to this further
report was received in the form of a Memorandum from HM Treasury
on 28 June 2000.
2. The response was reported to the House and placed
in the Commons Library on 6 July 2000. The Committee has heard
more on this topic from the Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime
Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport
and the Regions, and The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Minister for
the Environment (in the course of oral evidence on other matters).
Guidance from HM Treasury relating to how departments should take
sustainable development into account during this Government's
second public expenditure round, Spending Review 2000,
is appended to the Minutes of Evidence of that oral evidence session.
3. The Committee will be examining the conclusions
of Spending Review 2000 and the related public service, and service
delivery, agreements during the course of 2001.
4. The Government's response to the Committee's follow-up
report is formally published here as an Appendix to this Special
1 Third Report, The Comprehensive Spending Review
and Public Service Agreements, 1998-99, HC 92. Back
Third Report, Comprehensive Spending Review: Government response
and follow-up, 1999-2000, HC 233 Back
Evidence taken before the EAC on 15 February 2000, HC 175-i. Back