Select Committee on Environmental Audit First Report

The Environmental Audit Committee

The Environmental Audit Committee is appointed by the House of Commons 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.

Current membership
Mr Peter Ainsworth MP (Conservative, East Surrey) (Chairman)
Mr Gregory Barker MP (Conservative, Bexhill and Battle)
Mr Harold Best MP (Labour, Leeds North West)
Mr Colin Challen MP (Labour, Morley and Rothwell)
Mr David Chaytor MP (Labour, Bury North)
Mrs Helen Clark MP (Labour, Peterborough)
Sue Doughty MP (Liberal Democrat, Guildford)
Mr Paul Flynn MP (Labour, Newport West)
Mr Mark Francois MP (Conservative, Rayleigh)
Mr John Horam MP (Conservative, Orpington)
Mr John McWilliam MP (Labour, Blaydon)
Mr Elliot Morley MP (Labour, Scunthorpe)
Mr Malcolm Savidge MP (Labour, Aberdeen North)
Mr Simon Thomas MP (Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion)
Joan Walley MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North)
David Wright MP (Labour, Telford)

The constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally Standing Order No. 152A. These are available on the Internet via

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 at:

A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume.

Committee staff
The current staff of the Committee are: Mike Hennessy (Clerk); Lynne Spiers (Second Clerk); Eric Lewis (Committee Specialist); Elena Ares (Committee Specialist); Francene Graham (Committee Assistant); Caroline McElwee (Secretary); and Robert Long (Senior Office Clerk).

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk, Environmental Audit Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 6150; the Committee's e-mail address is:

In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by page number as in 'Ev12'. number HC *-II

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