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Select Committee on Environmental Audit First Report


ANNEX C

ACTIVITY OF THE COMMITTEE

1997-98 to 1999-2000

A. Meetings

Attendance

Name of Member
No. of meetings while on the Committee
Percentage attendance
Horam, Mr John (Chairman)1
108
98%
Baker, Mr Norman
83
45%
Blizzard, Mr Bob
88
23%
Body, Sir Richard
25
24%
Brinton, Mrs Helen
108
58%
Chaytor, Mr David
16
88%
Dafis, Mr Cynog
82
54%
Gerrard, Mr Neil
69
62%
Grieve, Mr Dominic
108
66%
Keetch, Mr Paul
23
26%
Iddon, Dr Brian
91
86%
Jones, Mr Jon Owen
29
70%
Loughton, Mr Tim
108
54%
Meacher, Mr Michael2
-
-
Robertson, Laurence
83
57%
Russell, Christine
27
59%
Savidge, Mr Malcolm
108
71%
Sawford, Mr Phil
20
5%
Shaw, Mr Jonathan
108
44%
Taylor, Mr Matthew
1
100%
Thomas, Mr Gareth R
79
53%
Thomas, Mr Simon
22
71%
Truswell, Mr Paul
80
43%
Walley, Joan
108
78%

1. Current Members of the Committee are indicated by bold type.
2. Mr Meacher is the Minister for the Environment and is a member of the Committee in like manner to the Financial Secretary on the Committee of Public Accounts.



Private and public

Session 1997-98
Private 16
Public 18
Total 34
Session 1998-99
Private 7
Public 37
Total 44
Session 1999-2000
Private 16
Public 14
Total 30
108

Number of witnesses for oral evidence

Session 1997-9862
Session 1998-9992
Session 1999-200066

Witnesses

Appearances by:Cabinet Ministers
5
other Ministers
29
representatives of departments, agencies and public bodies
85
other witnesses
101

B. Reports

Number

Session 1999-20007 Reports, 2 stand-alone evidence sessions
Session 1998-998 Reports, 1 stand-alone evidence session
Session 1997-984 Reports, 4 stand-alone evidence sessions

Reverse chronology


(i) Reports in Session 1999-2000
          7th Water Prices and the environment, HC 597
          6th Budget 2000 and the environment, HC 404
          5th The Greening Government Initiative: first annual report from the Green Ministers Committee, HC 341
          4th Pre-Budget Report 1999: pesticides, aggregates &the Climate Change Levy, HC 76
          3rd Comprehensive Spending Review: Government response and follow-up, HC 233
          2nd World Trade and Sustainable Development: an Agenda for the Seattle Summit, HC 45
          1st EU Policy and the environment: an agenda for the Helsinki Summit, HC 4
  
(ii) in Session 1998-99
          8th Budget 1999: Environmental Implications, HC 326
          7th Energy Efficiency, HC 159
          6th The Greening Government Initiative 1999, HC 426
          5th Genetically Modified Organisms and the environment: coordination of Government policy, HC384
          4th Pre-Budget Report 1998, HC 93
          3rd The Comprehensive Spending Review and Public Service Agreements, HC 92
          2nd Climate Change: Government response and follow-up, HC 88
          1st The Multilateral Agreement on Investment, HC 58-I
  
(iii) in Session 1997-98
          4th Climate Change: UK Emission Reduction Targets and Audit Arrangements, HC 899
          3rd Pre-Budget Report: Government response and follow-up, HC 985
          2nd The Greening Government Initiative, HC 517-I
          1st Pre-Budget Report, HC 547



C. Visits

Overseas visits

DateDestination
Members
Staff
Purpose
20-23.6.98Denmark
3
1
"Our Common European Garden" Aarhus conference
25-27.1.99Denmark & Germany
8
2
Energy Efficiency inquiry
29.4.99Bonn
1
1
EU parliamentary environmental conference
7-12.5.00Canada
12
2
Environmental audit inquiry

Visits to European Institutions

DateDestination
Members
Staff
Purpose
13-14.7.99European Commission
7
2
EU environmental policy: integration into other policy areas

UK Visits

Date Destination
Members
Staff
Purpose
24.02.98Environment Agency London
10
2
Briefing
29.3.99County Hall, Nottingham
8
4
Energy Efficiency inquiry
27.6.00GU Partnership,Watford
2
4
Water prices inquiry
4.7.00Fazakerley Sewage Works, Warrington
4
5
Water prices inquiry


D. Conferences

Several members of the EAC have spoken on the work of the Committee at conferences, seminars and other meetings for a variety of audiences: visiting politicians and officials from abroad as well as departmental officials and representatives of the wider public policy community from around the UK. The Chairman, Mr John Horam, has spoken on numerous occasions and Mr Bob Blizzard, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Cynog Dafis, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Dominic Grieve, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Jon Owen Jones and Joan Walley have all represented the Committee on at least one occasion.

In relation to the 1999 inquiry into energy efficiency, the Committee spent a day away from Westminster in Nottingham, guests of Nottingham City Council, where a combination of activities took place, including formal evidence-taking, informal presentations and discussions and a visit to a mobile energy efficiency advice centre.

The Clerk of the Committee has also spoken on the role of the EAC to various groups including, departmental representatives, NGOs, environmental consultants and a number of overseas visitors to Parliament.


 
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