Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Proceedings Report

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is appointed to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its associated public bodies.


The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No. 152. These are available on the Internet via The Committee has the power to appoint two Sub-committees.

The membership of the Committee during Session 2001-2002 was 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) (discharged 10.12.01)

Mr Michael Jack (Conservative, Fylde)  

Mr David Lepper (Labour, Brighton Pavillion)

Mr Eric Martlew (Labour, Carlisle)

Mr Austin Mitchell (Labour, Great Grimsby) (added 19.7.01)

Mr Stephen O'Brien (Conservative, Eddisbury) (discharged 29.10.01)

Mr Bill Olner (Labour, Nuneaton) (discharged 19.7.01)

Diana Organ (Labour, Forest of Dean)

Phil Sawford (Labour, Kettering)

Mrs Gillian Shephard (Conservative, South West Norfolk) (added 29.10.01)

Mr Keith Simpson (Conservative, Mid Norfolk) (added 10.12.01)

Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Labour, Wellingborough) (discharged 5.11.01)

David Taylor (Labour, North West Leicestershire)

Paddy Tipping (Labour, Sherwood) (added 5.11.01)

Mr Mark Todd (Labour, South Derbyshire)            

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


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 on its website:


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:

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