Environmental Audit Committee

22 May 2008


New Inquiries

The Environmental Audit Committee today announces two new inquiries: one on carbon capture and storage; the other into Vehicle Excise Duty.

Carbon capture and storage

The Committee is launching a brief inquiry into carbon capture and storage with a particular focus on developments surrounding the Kingsnorth power station. Planning permission for E.ON's new power plant at Kingsnorth has been put on hold until the government has finished consultation this year on regulating carbon capture and storage. E.ON has entered Kingsnorth into the government competition to develop commercial-scale CCS technology.

The Committee invites organisations and members of the public to submit memoranda setting out their views on these issues.The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines set out below by 2 June 2008.

Vehicle Excise Duty

Concentrating on the changes made in the Budget in 2008, the Committee is launching a brief inquiry into the role that VED can play in reducing carbon emissions from road transport, and the popular acceptability of using VED in this way in the wider context of public attitudes towards green taxes.

The Committee invites organisations and members of the public to submit memoranda setting out their views on these issues.The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines set out below by 20 June 2008.

Dates for oral evidence sessions for both inquiries will be announced in due course.

Please note

Each submission should: be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere; aim to be no more than 3,000 words in length; begin with a short summary in bullet point form; have numbered paragraphs; and be in Word format with as little use of colour/logos as possible. A copy of the submission should be sent by email to [email protected] marked 'Protecting biodiversity in a changing Britain' Inquiry. For data protection purposes, it would be helpful, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

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