||Terminated||Terms of reference
||Date and subjects of any reports
|Air Quality Forum||Feb 1998
||On-going||To provide mechanism for stakeholders to put their views to the Government on the review of the National Air Quality Strategy and implementation of local air quality management.
||None||Martin Hurst (Chair; DETR), with 54 members
|Best Value in Housing (BVH)
||To provide oversight on BVH.
||BVH Framework - Jan 2000
||Duncan Campbell (Chair; DETR), with 15 members
|Cleaner Vehicles Task Force
||Jan 1998||Spring 2000
||To encourage the production, manufacture and use of vehicles which are more fuel efficient, cleaner, quieter and less resource intensive and to encourage measures to reduce the environmental impact of existing vehicles.
||Driving the Agenda and Environmental Impacts of Road Vehicles in Use - Air Quality, Climate Change and Noise Pollution
||Chaired jointly by Lord Macdonald (Minister for Transport) and Ian McAllister (Ford Motor Company), with 16 other members
|Fitness Rating Steering Group
||Sep 1998||Jul 2000
||To assist with the development of a housing health and rating safety system.
||Housing Health and Safety Rating System - Jul 2000
||Martin Jones (Chair; DETR), with 24 members
|FMPR of the Audit Commission
||Jul 1999||Jul 2000
||To look at the detailed organisation and procedures that would be appropriate to the Commission as it continues to carry out its traditional audit functions and embraces new roles within Best Value; and to make recommendations on the structure of the Commission, procedures and internal controls to ensure value for money, and the procedures in place to regulate and supervise the work of appointed auditors.
||Report - Jul 2000
||A team from the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham
|FMPR of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
||Jan 1999||Apr 2000
||To undertake a challenging review of the RCEP.
||FMPR for the RCEP - Apr 1999
||Andrew Burchell (Chair; DETR), with 8 members
|FMPR of the Housing Corporation
||Dec 1999||Not known
||To undertake a challenging review of the Housing Corporation.
||Stage I review due at the end of May 2000
||Michael Gahagan (Chair; DETR), with 10 members
|FMPR of the Rent Assessment Panels
||Sep 1999||Jul 2000
||To undertake a challenging review of the RAPs.
||None ||Michael Faulkner (Chair; DETR)
|Inter-Departmental Review of Fuel Poverty Policy
||Jan 2000||Not known
||To develop and publish a strategy setting out the Government's fuel poverty objectives, targets for achieving those objectives, the policies to deliver those objectives and how progress should be monitored.
||None||Lord Whitty and Helen Liddell, with 7 members
|Homelessness and Allocation Policy Sounding Board
||Oct 1999||Not known
||To inform policy proposals for a Housing Green Paper.
||None||Mike Baldwin (Chair; DETR), with 24 members
|Housing Fitness Standard Review Steering Group
||Sep 1998||Not known
||To develop a health and safety based rating system to replace the current housing fitness standard.
||None ||Martin Jones (Chair; DETR), with 24 members
|Landfill Directive Implementation Sounding Group
||Feb 1999||Summer 2000
||To feed views into consultation paper on implementing the EC Landfill Directive.
||Andrea Young (Chair; DETR), with 20 members
|Local Government Capital Finance Review (running in tandem with Revenue Grant Distribution Review Group; see separate entry)
||To review options for improving and simplifying the capital finance system, including examining the practicalities of approaches that would allow authorities to borrow freely for capital investment, subject to prudential limits.
||The Capital Finance Review: A New Prudential System - 22 Mar 2000
Report's conclusions to be considered further in Local Government Finance Green Paper (Summer 2000)
|Mark Lambirth (Chair; DETR), with 43 members
|Local Government Construction Task Force
||Oct 1999||Likely to remain in existence until 2003/4
||To implement recommendations of the Construction Task Force.
||None||Ted Cantle (Chair; Nottingham City Council), with 25 members
|Marine Nature Conservation Review Group
||Sep 1999||Nov 2000
||Roger Pritchard (Chair; DETR), with 28 members
|Park Homes Working Party
||May 1998||May 2000
||To examine how the legislation affecting mobile homes may be operated more effectively.
||Report of the Park Homes Working Party - Jul 2000
||Michael Faulkner (Chair; DETR), with 12 members
|Revenue Grant Distribution Review Group (running in tandem with Local Government Capital Finance Review; see separate entry)
||To investigate thoroughly whether there is a better way of determining the distribution of revenue support grant that is simpler, more stable, more robust and fairer than the present arrangements for SSAs.
||Improving Grant Distribution to LAs - Mar 2000
||Mark Lambirth (Chair; DETR), with 43 members
|Review of Bird Registration Procedures under Section 7 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
||Sep 1999||Not known
||Consultation paper to be published at the end of Jul 2000
||Bob Ford (Chair; DETR), with 8 members
|Review of Controls over Demolition in the light of the 'Shimizu' judgement
||Aug 1997||Not known
||Advice put to Ministers on outcome of review
||Christopher Bowden (Chair; DETR), with 31 members
|Review of Criminal Prosecutions and Sanctions for Pollution of the Sea Following Marine Accidents
||Oct 1999||Not known
||To consider how systems for the prosecution of pollution offences following marine casualties affecting the UK should reflect the public interest of having appropriate sanctions available under the criminal law whilst not discouraging appropriate prevention, salvage and clean-up operations.
||Review undertaken by Colin Ingram (consultant) and specialist interest groups
|Road Haulage Forum
||Apr 1999||Not known
||To consider competitiveness of the industry.
||None||Lord Macdonald (Chair; Minister for Transport), with 23 members
|Rural White Paper Informal Sounding Board
(under the jurisdiction of DETR and MAFF)
|Jul 1999||Late Oct 2000 (once Rural White Paper is published)
||To inform the preparation of the Rural White Paper through confidential discussion and debate, drawing upon the expert and diverse knowledge of its members who attend in a personal capacity.
||None||Michael Meacher (Joint Chair; Minister for the Environment)
Elliot Morley (Joint Chair)
Campaign for the Protection of Rural England
Country Landowners Association
Forum for the Future
Green Globe Task Force
Rural Housing Trust
Soil Association and Eastbrook Farms Organic Meat
Transport & General Workers' Union
University of Southampton
|Safety Targets Accident Reduction Steering Group
||Nov 1997||Mar 2000
||To advise on possible future road casualty targets.
||None||Roger Peal (Chair; DETR), with 21 members
|School Travel Advisory Group
||Dec 1998||Not known
||To spread best practice and identify practical ways of reducing car use.
||None|| Education and transport officers from local authorities around the UK
Government officers from DETR, DfEE, DH, DOE (NI), the Welsh Office and the Scottish Office
Parents, teachers and governors
|Shipping Task Force
||Dec 1998||No date set for abolition. Likely to remain in existence at least until the end of 2000.
||To take forward the recommendations in the government policy paper on shipping.
||Progress reports about implementing 'Charting' commitments
||Brian Wadsworth (Chair; DETR), with 17 members
|Shipping Working Group
||Nov 1997||Not known
||To identify actions:
to enable the maximum economic and environmental benefit to be obtained from shipping
to reverse the decline in the UK merchant fleet
to increase the employment and training of British seafarers
to encourage shipowners and the wider maritime industry to commit more resources to seafarer training.
|Reported to DPM - Mar 1998
Had input into British Shipping: Charting a New Course - Dec 1998
|Roger Clarke (Chair; DETR), with 23 members
|Supporting People - External Reference Group
||Oct 1999||Not known
||To inform detail of 'Supporting People' proposals.
||None ||Michael Gahagan (Chair; DETR), with 45 members
|Task Force on Home Buying
||Jul 1997||No date set for abolition
||To deliver the Government's manifesto commitment of delivering better ways of buying and selling homes.
||None||Nick Raynsford (Chair; Minister for Housing and Planning), with 25 members
|Task Force for London Transport
||Aug 1999||Due to remain in existence until late 2000
||To bring about the introduction of a Public/Private Partnership for London Underground.
||None||Keith Hill (Chair; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DETR), with 12 members
|Tenants' Sounding Board on Best Value in Housing
||Sep 1998||Not known
||To inform and consult on proposals on Best Value in housing and tenants' compacts.
||None||Facilitated by Laurie McCormack and Paul Schofield, with 14 members
|Youth Homelessness Action Partnership
||Jun 1998||Not known
||To feed into wider policy agenda (e.g. the work of the Social Exclusion Unit).
||None||Mike Baldwin (Chair; DETR), with 22 members