Environmental Audit Committee

22 July 2001

EAC - back in business

The EAC met for the first time on Wednesday in the new Parliament.  The Committee elected Mr John Horam as its Chairman.  The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr John Horam (Chairman)

Mr Harold Best

Mrs Helen Brinton

Mr Colin Challen

Sue Doughty

Mr Mark Francois

Mr Neil Gerrard

Mr Jon Owen Jones

Mr Tim Loughton

Mr Ian Lucas

Rt Hon Michael Meacher*

Mr Malcolm Savidge

Mr Mark Simmonds

Mr Simon Thomas

Joan Walley

David Wright

The Committee considered its forward programme.  Full details on the membership are set out below.


The Environmental Audit Committee has a remit to consider to what extent all government policies and programmes contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development: to audit their performance against targets set by Ministers; and to report to the House.

Mr John Horam, MP - Conservative, Orpington; Con Majority 269, Elected 1970

DoB; 7 March 1939. Education; Silcoates School, Wakefield, St Catharine's College, Cambridge (MA economics 1960). Recreations; Opera, ballet, gardening, walking. Clubs; Orpington Conservative. Publications; Making Britain Competitive, 1993. Career; Market research officer, Rowntree & Co, 1960-62, Leader and feature writer: Financial Times 1962-65, The Economist 1965-68, Managing director: Commodities Research Unit Ltd 1968-70, 1983-87, CRU Holdings Ltd. 1988-92, Deputy chair, CRU International Ltd 1992-95, 1997-. House of Commons; Labour Spokesman on Economic Affairs 1979-81, SDP 1981-83; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport 1976-79; Parliamentary Secretary, Office of Public Service July-November 1995; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health 1995-97.

Mr Harold Best, MP - Labour, Leeds North West; Lab Majority 5,236, Elected May 1, 1997

DoB; 18 December 1937. Education; Meanwood County School, Technical College. Profession; Electrical Technician. Trades Union; Activist and full-time official. Career; Apprentice 1953-58, Contracting electrician 1958-66, Full-time trade union official 1966-78, Principal electrical technician Leeds Education Authority -1997. Councils, Public Bodies; Councillor, West Yorkshire County Council 1981-86, Deputy Chair, West Yorkshire Police Authority 1982-86.

Mrs Helen Brinton, MP - Labour, Peterborough; Lab Majority 2,854, Elected 1 May 1997

DoB; 23 December 1954. Education; Spondon Park Grammar, Derby, Bristol University (BA English literature, MA medieval literature, PGCE). Recreations; Reading, modern film. Profession; Teacher and GCSE and 'A' level examiner. Trades Union; Student Rep, NUT 1978-79. Member: NUT 1979-, TGWU 1989-, School Rep, NUT 1994-97. Career; Assistant teacher of English, Katharine Lady Berkeley Comprehensive 1979-82, 2nd Department, Harrogate College 1983-88, Lecturer, North Thanet FIE College 1992-1993, Year Head, Rochester Grammar For Girls 1993-97. Special Interests; Environment, Home Affairs, Health.

Mr Colin Challen, MP - Labour, Morley and Rothwell; Lab Majority 12,090, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB; 12 June 1953. Education; Norton Secondary School, Malton Grammar School. Hull University (BA philosophy 1982). Recreations; Writing, art. Profession; Political Organiser. Publications; Price of Power: The Secret Funding of the Tory Party, Vision London 1998. Trades Union; GPMU, GMB: Member, Labour Organisers' Branch Quarterly:Editor, Labour organiser. Career; Supplier accountant RAF 1971-74, Postman Post Office 1974-78, Printer and publisher self-employed 1982-94, Marketing development worker Humberside Co-operative Development Agency 1991-93. Special Interests; Economy, Environment, Pensions. Councils, Public Bodies; Hull City Council: Councillor 1986-94, Labour group secretary 1991-94.

Sue Doughty, MP - Liberal Democrat, Guildford; Lib Dem Majority 538, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB; 13 April 1948. Education; Mill Mount Grammar School, York, Northumberland College of Education (art certificate 1969). Recreations; Gardening, music, travel, walking. Profession; Consultant Project Manager. Career; Teacher East Riding Yorkshire 1970-71. Work study analyst: Northern Gas 1971-75, CEGB 1975-76, O&M analyst Wilkinson Match 1976-77, Maternity break and charity activity 1977-82, Independent consultant 1982-88. IT project manager Thames Water 1989-98, Management consultant 1999. Special Interests; Water, Environment, Education, The Elderly, Trade and Industry.

Mr Mark Francois, MP - Conservative, Rayleigh; Con Majority 8,290, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB;14 August 1965. Education; Nicholas Comprehensive School, Basildon, Bristol University (BA history 1986), King's College, London (MA War studies 1987). Recreations; Reading, sports, military history, travel. Profession; Public Affairs Consultant. Armed Forces; TA 1983-89, commissioned 1985. Career; Management trainee Lloyds Bank 1987, Market Access International Public Affairs Consultancy 1988-95: Consultant, Director, Public affairs consultant Francois Associates 1996-2001. Councils, Public Bodies; Basildon District Council 1991-95: Councillor, Vice-chair Housing 1992-95

Mr Neil Gerrard, MP - Labour, Walthamstow; Lab Majority 15,181, Elected 9 April 1992

DoB; 03 July 1942. Education; Manchester Grammar School. Wadham College, Oxford (BA natural science 1964), Chelsea College, London (MED 1973), Polytechnic of South Bank (DPSE 1983). Recreations; Theatre, cinema, reading, music, sport. Trades Union; Member: NATFHE, GMB. Career; Teacher, Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet 1965-68, Lecturer, Hackney College 1968-92. Councils, Public Bodies; London Borough of Waltham Forest: Councillor 1973-90, Leader, Labour Group 1983-90, Leader of Council 1986-90.

Mr Jon Owen Jones, MP - Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff Central; Lab Majority 659, Elected 9 April 1992

DoB; 19 April 1954. Education; Gyfun Rhydfelin School, University of East Anglia (BSc 1975), University College of Wales, Cardiff (PGCE 1976). Recreations; Walking, cooking, natural history, watching rugby, family, golf. Profession;Teacher. Trades Union; President: Caerphilly NUT 1983, Mid Glamorgan NUT 1984. Career; Teacher of biology and science in comprehensive schools 1977-92. Special Interests; Environment, Wales, Education. Councils, Public Bodies; Cardiff City Council: Councillor 1987-92, Vice-chair, Finance Committee 1987-91, Chair, Economic Development Committee 1990-92. Whip; Opposition Welsh/Agricultural Whip 1993-97, Transport Whip 1994-97, Government Whip 1997-98.

Mr Timothy Loghton, MP - Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham; Con Majority 8,732, Elected 1 May 1997

DoB; 30 May 1962. Education; The Priory School, Lewes, Sussex, Warwick University (BA classical civilisation 1983), Clare College, Cambridge (Research Mesopotamian archaeology 1983-84). Recreations; Skiing, tennis, hockey, wine, archaeology. Profession; Fund Manager. Misc; General election PA to Tim Eggar MP 1987. Career; Fund manager, Fleming Private Asset Management, City of London 1984-, Director 1992-2000. Spokesman; Opposition Frontbench Spokesperson for Environment, Transport and the Regions (Regeneration Poverty Regions Housing) 2000-.

Mr Ian Lucas, MP - Labour, Wrexham; Lab Majority 9,188, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB; 18 September 1960. Education; Greenwell Comprehensive School, Gateshead Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. New College, Oxford jurisprudence (BA 1982), College of Law, Christleton law (Solicitor's Final Exam 1983). Recreations; History, film, football, cricket. Profession; Solicitor. Trades Union; MSF 1996-. Career; Russel-Cooke Porter and Chapman Solicitors: Articled clerk, assistant solicitor 1983-86,Solicitor'sAdmission 1985, Assistant Solicitor: Percy Hughes and Roberts 1986-87, Lees Moore and Price 1987-89, Roberts Moore Nicholas Jones 1989-92, DR Crawford 1992-97, Principal Crawford Lucas 1997-2000, Partner Stevens Lucas, Oswestry 2000-. Current Posts; Society of Labour Lawyers 1996-; Fabian Society 2000-Councils, Public Bodies; Member Gresford Community Council, Wrexham 1987-91.

Rt Hon Michael Meacher, MP - Labour, Oldham West and Royton; Lab Majority 13,365, Elected 1970 Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Minister for the Environment)

DoB; 4 November 1939.  Education; Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire.  New College, Oxford (BA Greats 1962).  Recreations; Sport, music, reading.  Trades Union; Member, UNISON.  Career; Secretary, Danilo Dolci Trust 1964, Sembal research fellow in social gerontology, Essex University 1965-66, Lecturer in social administration: York University 1966-69, London School of Economics 1970, Visiting professor to Department of Sociology, Surrey University 1980-86.  Spokesman; Principal Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on:  Health and Social Security 1983-87, Employment 1987-89, Social Security 1989-92, Overseas Development and Co-operation 1992-93, Citizen's Charter and Science 1993-94, Transport 1994-95, Education and Employment 1995-96, Environmental Protection 1996-97.

Mr Malcolm Savidge, MP - Labour, Aberdeen North;  Lab Majority Aberdeen North Lab Majority 4,449, Elected 1 May 1997

DoB; 9 May 1946.  Education; Wallington County Grammar School For Boys, Surrey.  Aberdeen University (MA 1970), Aberdeen College of Education (Teaching Certificate 1972).  Recreations; Exploring life, spectator sport, crosswords and puzzles, reading, real ale, the Arts, heraldry.  Other Organisations; Governor: Aberdeen College of Education 1980-87, Robert Gordon Institute of Technology 1980-88, Member: Scientists For Global Responsibility, Amnesty International.  Profession; Schoolteacher.  Trades Union; Educational Institute of Scotland: National Executive 1982-84, National Council 1980-86, 1989-90, Member, Transport and General Workers Union.  Career; Clerk 1970-71, Secondary school teacher Nottingham and Scotland 1970-97: Maths teacher, Kincorth Academy, Aberdeen 1973-97.  Councils, Public Bodies; Aberdeen City Council: Councillor 1980-96, Vice-Chair, Labour Group 1980-88, Libraries Convenor 1984-87, 1988-94, Finance Convenor and Deputy Leader of the Council 1994-96 JP 1984-96. 

Mr Mark Simmonds, MP - Conservative, Boston and Skegness; Con Majority 515, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB; 12 April 1964.  Education; Worksop College, Nottinghamshire,  Trent University (urban estate surveying 1986).  Recreations; Reading, history, rugby, tennis, family.  Profession; Chartered Surveyor.  Career; Surveyor Savills 1986-88, Partner Strott and Parker 1988-96, Director Hillier Parker 1997-99, Managing director Mortlock Simmonds 1999-.  Councils, Public Bodies; London Borough of Wandsworth 1990-94: Councillor, Chair: Property Committee 1991-92, Housing Committee 1992-94.

Mr Simon Thomas, MP - Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion;  PlC Majority 3,944, 3 February 2000

DoB; 28 December 1963.  Education; Aberdare Boys Grammar/Comprehensive School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Welsh 1985),  College of Librarianship, Aberystwyth (post-graduate diploma 1988).  Career; Assistant curator National Library of Wales 1986-92, policy and research officer Taff-Ely borough council 1992-94, Rural development manager Jigso rural regeneration agency 1994-2000.  Current Posts; Plaid Cymru Spokesman for Environment and the Regions; Transport; Education and Employment; International Development; Culture, Media and Sport; Energy 2000-;  Vice-Chair, All-Party Environment Group 2000-.  Councils, Public Bodies; Councillor, Ceredigion County Council 1999-2000.

Joan Walley, MP - Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North; Lab Majority 11,784, June 1987

DoB; 23 January 1949, Education; at Biddulph Grammar School, Hull University (BA social administration), University College of Wales, Swansea (Diploma in community work development).  Recreations; walking, swimming, music.  Other Organisations; Vice-President, Institute Environmental Health Officers, President:West Midlands Home and Water Safety Council, City of Stoke on Trent Primary School Sports Association. Trades Union; Member, UNISON.  Career; Alcoholics recovery project 1970-73, Local government officer: Swansea City Council 1974-78, Wandsworth Council 1978-79, NACRO development officer 1979-82.  Councils, Public Bodies; Lambeth Council: Formerly Councillor, Chair, Health and Consumer Services Committee.  Spokesman; Opposition Spokesperson on: Environmental Protection and Development 1988-90, Transport 1990-95. 

David Wright Esq, MP - Labour, Telford;  Lab Majority 8,383, Elected 7 June 2001

DoB; 22 December 1966.  Education; Wrockwardine Wood Comprehensive School, Wolverhampton Polytechnic (BA humanities).  Recreations; Football (Telford United and Shrewsbury Town), local history, visiting medieval towns.  Councils, Public Bodies; Councillor Wrekin District Council 1989-97: Housing and regeneration strategist Local Sandwell communities, Oakengates Town Council 1989-2000: Councillor, Former chair.