Select Committee on Environmental Audit Ninth 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 Tim Yeo, MP (Conservative, South Suffolk) (Chairman)
Mr Martin Caton, MP (Labour, Gower)
Mr Colin Challen, MP (Labour, Morley and Rothwell)
Mr David Chaytor, MP (Labour, Bury North)  
Mr Martin Horwood, MP (Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham)
Mr Nick Hurd, MP (Conservative, Ruislip Northwood)
Mr Mark Lazarowicz, MP (Labour/Co-operative, Edinburgh North and Leith)
Mr Shahid Malik, MP (Labour, Dewsbury)
Mr Ian Pearson, MP (Labour, Dudley South) [ex-officio]
Mr Mark Pritchard, MP (Conservative, Wrekin, The)
Mrs Linda Riordan, MP (Labour, Halifax)
Jo Swinson, MP (Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire)
Mr Graham Stuart, MP (Conservative, Beverley & Holderness)
Dr Desmond Turner, MP (Labour, Brighton, Kempton)
Mr Ed Vaizey, MP (Conservative, Wantage)
Joan Walley, MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North)

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); Sara Howe (Second Clerk); Richard Douglas (Committee Specialist); Oliver Bennett (Committee Specialist); Susan Monaghan (Committee Assistant); Caroline McElwee (Secretary); and Jonathan Wright (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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