Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2005-06

3 November 2005

New inquiry announced: The Environment Agency

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.

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd December 2005. More information about the required format of submissions is given overleaf.



Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to jamesae@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone  number and postal address.  The  e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. 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.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Dr Antonia James, Environment Specialist,   on 020 7219 2290.

Information about the Committee can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom