Select Committee on Environmental Audit Third Special Report


THIRD SPECIAL REPORT

The Environmental Audit Committee has agreed to the following Special Report:—

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE THIRD REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE,
SESSION 1999­2000 ON—COMPREHENSIVE SPENDING REVIEW: GOVERNMENT
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.[1] 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.[2] 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]

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 Report.


1   Third Report, The Comprehensive Spending Review and Public Service Agreements, 1998-99, HC 92. Back

2   Third Report, Comprehensive Spending Review: Government response and follow-up, 1999-2000, HC 233 Back

3   Evidence taken before the EAC on 15 February 2000, HC 175-i. Back


 
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