ECC PN1- 21-01-2009

Energy and Climate Change Committee
Select Committee Announcement 1

21 January 2009

New Energy and Climate Change Committee chooses Chairman

On 19 January 2009 the House of Commons appointed fourteen Members of Parliament to the new Energy and Climate Change Committee.  The Committee chose Mr Elliot Morley MP as Chairman at its first meeting today.  The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr Elliot Morley MP, Labour, Scunthorpe (Chairman)
Mr David Anderson MP, Labour, Blaydon
Colin Challen MP, Labour, Morley and Rothwell
Mrs Nadine Dorries MP, Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire
Charles Hendry MP, Conservative, Wealden
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP, Conservative, Bromsgrove
Anne Main MP, Conservative, St. Albans
Judy Mallaber MP, Labour, Amber Valley
John Robertson MP, Labour, Glasgow North West
Sir Robert Smith MP, Liberal Democrats, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Paddy Tipping MP, Labour, Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP, Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Mr Mike Weir MP, Scottish National Party, Angus
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour, Southampton Test

Remit

The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its associated public bodies.

Oral evidence sessions

The Committee will be taking oral evidence from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP, at 9.15 am on 25 February. 

The Committee will also be holding a one-off oral evidence session with the UK’s leading energy companies to look at the outlook for energy prices in 2009 and future investment in electricity generating capacity (date to be confirmed).

Inquiries

The Committee’s initial inquiries will be into:

UK offshore oil and gas;

the future of the national grid; and

the green economy and low carbon technologies. 

Detailed terms of reference will be issued after the Committee’s next meeting on 4 February.

Declaration of Interests

The following is an extract from the Committee’s Formal Minutes for today, Wednesday 21 January:

Mr Elliot Morley was called to the Chair.

The Chairman declared an interest as being in receipt of part-time research assistance provided by Network for Animals.  He also declared an interest as Chairman of GLOBE UK and GLOBE International (unpaid positions).

FURTHER INFORMATION:

1.     Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Elliot Morley MP, Labour, Scunthorpe (Chairman)
Mr David Anderson MP, Labour, Blaydon
Colin Challen MP, Labour, Morley and Rothwell
Mrs Nadine Dorries MP, Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire
Charles Hendry MP, Conservative, Wealden
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP, Conservative, Bromsgrove
Anne Main MP, Conservative, St. Albans
Judy Mallaber MP, Labour, Amber Valley
John Robertson MP, Labour, Glasgow North West
Sir Robert Smith MP, Liberal Democrats, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Paddy Tipping MP, Labour, Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP, Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Mr Mike Weir MP, Scottish National Party, Angus
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour, Southampton Test

2.    More information can be found on the Committee website at:

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/ecc.cfm

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