Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill


Terms of reference


1 Introduction

2 The policy statement on environmental principles

Environmental principles

The legal status of the policy statement

The effect of the policy statement

“have regard to”

Ministerial discretion and application

Exemptions from the policy statement

3 The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)



Independence and parliamentary accountability

4 The functions of the Office for Environmental Protection

The OEP’s investigation and enforcement functions

Public authorities

Complaints process

Information and Decision Notices

Emergency powers

Review Application

Incorporating the tribunal courts


The OEP’s scrutiny and advice functions

Overlap of functions

Definitions and Scope

Climate change

Territorial extent

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 30 April 2019