Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Second Special Report



  The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is appointed to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (and any associated public bodies). Its constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 152.

The Committee has a maximum of seventeen members, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is five. The members of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged remain on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament. The present membership of the Committee is as follows:

    Mr David Borrow (Labour, South Ribble)
    Mr Colin Breed (Liberal Democrat, South East Cornwall)
    David Burnside (Ulster Unionist Party, South Antrim)
    Mr David Curry (Conservative, Skipton and Ripon)
    Mr David Drew (Labour, Stroud)
    Patrick Hall (Labour, Bedford)
    Mr Andrew Hunter (Conservative, Basingstoke)
    Mr Michael Jack (Conservative, Fylde)
    Mr David Lepper (Labour, Brighton Pavillion)
    Mr Eric Martlew (Labour, Carlisle)
    Mr Austin Mitchell (Labour, Great Grimsby)
    Mr Stephen O'Brien (Conservative, Eddisbury)
    Diana Organ (Labour, Forest of Dean)
    Phil Sawford (Labour, Kettering)
    Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Labour, Wellingborough)
    David Taylor (Labour, North West Leicestershire)
    Mr Mark Todd (Labour, South Derbyshire)

    On 19 July 2001 the Committee elected Mr David Curry as its Chairman.

The Committee has the power to appoint Sub-committees, require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to make Reports to the House. The Sub-committees have the power to require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to make Reports to the Committee.

The Committee and Sub-committees may meet at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United Kingdom. The Committee and Sub-committees may meet concurrently with other committees or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 for the purpose of deliberating, taking evidence or considering draft reports, and with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees) and Environmental Audit Committee for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence. The Committee may exchange documents and evidence with any of these committees, as well as with the House's Public Accounts and Deregulation Committees.

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/efracom.home.htm.

All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is 020 7219 3262; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]


 
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