Select Committee on Environmental Audit Third Report

  The Environmental Audit Committee is appointed under Standing Order 152(A) to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development; to audit their performance against such targets as may be set for them by Her Majesty's Ministers; and to report thereon to the House.

The Committee consists of sixteen Members. It has a quorum of four. Unless the House otherwise orders, all Members nominated to the Committee continue to be members of it for the remainder of the Parliament.

The Committee has power:

    (a)  to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from time to time;

    (b)  to appoint specialist advisers to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference;

    (c)  to communicate its evidence and any other documents relating to matters of common interest to any committee appointed by this House or by the Lords; and

    (d)  to meet concurrently with any committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments), or any sub-committee thereof, or with the European Scrutiny Committee or any sub-committee thereof, or with any committee appointed by the Lords, or any sub-committee thereof, for the purposes of deliberating or examining witnesses.

The membership of the Committee since its appointment on 10th November 1997 has been as follows:

    Mr Norman Baker (appointed 2 December 1997)
    Mr Bob Blizzard
    Mrs Helen Brinton
    Mr Cynog Dafis (appointed 17 November 1997)
    Mr Neil Gerrard (appointed 14 January 1999)
    Mr Dominic Grieve
    Mr John Horam
    Dr Brian Iddon
    Mr Tim Loughton
    Rt Hon Michael Meacher (appointed 19 December 1997)*
    Mr Laurence Robertson
    Mr Malcolm Savidge
    Mr Jonathan R. Shaw
    Mr Matthew Taylor (appointed 17 November, discharged 2 December)
    Mr Gareth R. Thomas
    Mr Paul Truswell
    Joan Walley

Mr John Horam was elected Chairman on 25 November 1997.

*The Minister for the Environment has ex-officio membership of the Committee in like manner to the Financial Secretary's membership of the Committee of Public Accounts.

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