Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency

Report published

The Committee published ' The Environment Agency ', its Seventh Report 2005-06 (HC 780-I), on 11 May 2006.
Oral and Written Evidence (HC 780-II) was published the same day.

The Government and Environment Agency responses , its Sixth Special Report 2005-06 (HC 1519), were published on 19 July 2006.

Terms of Reference:

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the work of the Environment Agency, one of Defra's executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPB).

Evidence is requested on the following points:

€ how successful the Environment Agency has been in its role as enforcer of environmental regulation and controls, and how well it manages its wide range of activities;

€ whether the Agency operates efficiently and provides good value for money;

€ the structure, governance and accountability of the Agency;

€ its relationships with Defra, Defra-sponsored bodies and the rest of Government, including the Agency's role in the planning system;

€ the Agency's relationship with non-Governmental stakeholders and the general public, and how the Agency monitors satisfaction with its services;

€ the Agency's responsibilities for flood defence and flood mapping, including guidance to the public;

€ how the organisational changes brought about by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill will affect the role of the Environment Agency;

€ how the Agency's work in improving wildlife habitats will tie in with Natural England's work on biodiversity;

€ the Environment Agency's forthcoming corporate strategy 2006-2011.

Oral evidence sessions:

Wednesday 25 January 2006
Elliot Morley, Minister of State (Climate Change and Environment) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Wednesday 18 January 2006
Representatives from the Natural England partnership
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
Local Government Association

Tuesday 17 January 2006
CBI, EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, Water UK
Environmental Services Association, Waste Recycling Group Ltd

Wednesday 14 December 2005
Association of British Insurers & Royal & SunAlliance

Press Notices:

13/07/06 Government & EA responses to be published
11/05/06 Report published
04/05/06 Report to be published
19/12/05 Further Evidence Sessions Announced
07/12/05 Evidence Sessions Announced
03/11/05 New Inquiry

Further correspondence: