Environmental Audit Committee Press Notice

For Immediate Release

21 April 2009

NEW INQUIRY: Green jobs and skills

Building on the Committee's recent inquiry into the green fiscal stimulus aspects of the Treasury's 2008 Pre-Budget Report, the Environmental Audit Committee is today announcing an inquiry into the prospects for green jobs and policies aimed at increasing employment in environmental industries. This inquiry will consider how the UK can maximise the environmentally positive opportunities arising from changes in public spending intended to help tackle the recession. It will also examine:

  • the degree to which the Government's long-term policy framework, including environmental regulations, tax changes or new market instruments, will encourage low-carbon investment and increase employment in environmental industries and their associated supply chains;
  • whether the changes in public spending intended to help tackle the recession will maximise employment opportunities in environmental industries;
  • the economic and social benefits of planned green investments and the extent to which the changes in spending will contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection;
  • the nature of the jobs that might be created in green industries as a result of the green fiscal stimulus;
  • the Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, what it needs to deliver, how, and by when;
  • the skills base for the UK environmental industries, and the effectiveness of Government policies to improve and enlarge it.

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 Monday 25 May 2009. Evidence sessions are likely to start in June.

Please note

Each submission should:

  • 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 or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked ‘Green jobs and skills inquiry’. An additional paper copy should be sent to:

Clerk of the Committee

Environmental Audit Committee

House of Commons

7 Millbank

London

SW1P 3JA

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately 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.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee’s report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Please also note that:

  • Material published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

1. Membership:

Chairman:  Mr Tim Yeo, MP

Gregory Barker MP Mr Nick Hurd MP Mrs Linda Riordan MP

Mr Martin Caton MP Ms Jane Kennedy MP* Mr Graham Stuart MP

Colin Challen MP Mark Lazarowicz MP Jo Swinson MP

Mr David Chaytor MP Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP Dr Desmond Turner MP

Mr Martin Horwood MP Mr Shahid Malik MP Joan Walley MP

* The Minister for the Environment has ex-officio membership of the Committee in like manner to the Financial Secretary’s membership of the Committee of Public Accounts.

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Gordon Clarke, 020 7219 0248.

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