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:
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.