Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2007-08

6 November 2008


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has decided to re-open its inquiry into energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

The Committee had discontinued this inquiry after the Prime Minister created a new Department of Energy and Climate Change on 3 October. Responsibility for fuel poverty, previously shared between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, passed to the new Department. As the EFRA Committee's main role is to scrutinise the work of Defra it felt this was no longer within its remit. However, a subsequent decision by the House means a new Energy and Climate Change Committee, which will focus on the work of the new Department, will not be set up until January 2009.

Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee the Rt Hon Michael Jack said: "The recent rapid rise in fuel prices along with the Prime Minister's announcement in September of a package of measure designed to enable households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes made the need for scrutiny of these issues a pressing one. The Committee feels it should re-open this inquiry now instead of waiting to see if it is a subject picked up by the new Committee in January."

The Committee will, however, go ahead with publication of a Special Report as previously announced. This contains the written evidence the Committee has received on energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

Evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

The Special Report will be published on Thursday 6 November at 11am. (Reference HC 1099 of Session 2007-08).

Copies of the Special Report will be available in the following ways:

€ Media representatives can collect the Special Report from the Press Gallery, House of Commons.

€ They will be sent by post to all contributors or, if preferred, they may be collected on publication either by contributors or by their representatives between 11.00am and 11.30am on Thursday 6 November, from Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London.

€ Copies of the Special Report may be obtained, on publication, from the usual outlets, including The Parliamentary Bookshop and The Stationery Office.

€ The Special Report will be posted on the Parliamentary internet on publication, and will be accessible via the Committee's homepage.


1. Further details about this inquiry can be found at: