Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2005-06 

19 December 2005

Environment Agency: evidence sessions

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to hold the following oral evidence sessions in relation to its inquiry into The Environment Agency:

Tuesday 17 January 2006

4.00 pm CBI (Confederation of British Industry)

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation

Water UK

4.45 pm Environmental Services Association

Waste Recycling Group Ltd

Wednesday 18 January 2006

3.00 pm Representatives from the Natural England partnership

3.45 pm RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)

CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)

4:30 pm Local Government Association

Wednesday 25 January 2006

3.30 pm Elliot Morley, Minister of State (Climate Change and Environment) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

4.30 pm Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chief Executive, Environment Agency



The terms of reference of this inquiry were published on 3 November 2005.

Evidence was 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.

The deadline for submissions was Friday 2nd December 2005.

The Committee normally meets in a committee room at Westminster. There are often last minute changes of room and meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the committee office information line the day before the hearing on 020 7219 2033. Website: www.parliament.uk/efracom