The Environmental Audit Committee
The Environmental Audit Committee is appointed by
the House of Commons to consider the contribution of the policies
and programmes of government to environmental protection and sustainable
development; to audit performance against targets set by Ministers;
and to report thereon. The constitution and powers are set out
in full in Standing Order No. 152(A).
The Committee has up to sixteen members of whom a
quorum for any formal proceedings is four. Members 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:
|Sir Richard Body|
(Conservative, Boston and Skegness)
|Mr Tim Loughton|
(Conservative, Worthing East & Shoreham)
|Mrs Helen Brinton|
|Rt Hon Michael Meacher|
(Labour, Oldham West & Royton)
|Mr David Chaytor|
(Labour, Bury North)
(Labour, City of Chester)
|Mr Neil Gerrard|
|Mr Malcolm Savidge|
(Labour, Aberdeen North)
|Mr Dominic Grieve|
|Mr Phil Sawford|
|Mr John Horam|
|Mr Jonathan R. Shaw|
(Labour, Chatham & Aylesford)
|Mr Jon Owen Jones|
(Labour/Co-op, Cardiff Central)
|Mr Simon Thomas|
(Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion)
|Mr Paul Keetch|
(Liberal Democrat, Hereford)
(Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North)
Mr John Horam was elected Chairman by the Committee
on 25 November 1997.
The Committee has power to invite written evidence,
require the submission of documents, examine witnesses and publish
reports to the House accompanied by the evidence it has gathered.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued between sessions or dissolved pending a general election)
and may do so away from Westminster. It may inform itself by visits
abroad and by the use of specialist advisers. The Committee may
meet concurrently with the departmentally-related select committees,
European Scrutiny Committee and any Lords committee; and may communicate
its documents and evidence to any other committee appointed by
Committee reports and evidence are published by The
Stationery Office by Order of the House. Pages of a report are
numbered in roman numerals; pages of evidence are numbered conventionally.
In footnotes, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q'
and the question number and references to written evidence by
'Ev' and a page number.
Committee publications (including press notices)
are available on the Internet at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/eahome.htmthe
EAC homepage. Further details of the Committee's activities are
given for each parliamentary session in the Sessional Returns
series, & the Committee's Minutes of Proceedings, also published
by The Stationery Office.
All correspondence should be addressed to: The Clerk,
Environmental Audit Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London
SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for inquiries is: 020 7219-5776
(fax:-1224); E-mail: [email protected]
|||Members were appointed to the Committee on 12 November 1997 unless otherwise indicated.
|||Mr Meacher was added on 19 December 1997 (ex-officio, like the Financial Secretary on the Committee of Public Accounts); Mr Gerrard on 14 January 1999; Mr Jones on 25 November 1999; Christine Russell on 14 December 1999; Sir Richard Body on 18 January 2000; Mr Keetch on 9 February 2000; Mr Simon Thomas on 14 February 2000; Mr Sawford on 3 March 2000; and Mr Chaytor on 30 March 2000.