Environmental Audit Committee Press Notice

For Immediate Release

12 February 2009

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

Tuesday 3 March, Committee Room 15- Change of Witness

At the evidence session on Tuesday 3rd March Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DFID, is being replaced by Michael Foster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DFID. The main purpose of these sessions is to explore the potential use of carbon markets to address deforestation. Related issues such as the timber trade are also likely to be covered.


  • Michael Foster MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DFID)
  • Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Defra)
  • Joan Ruddock MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DECC)


1. Membership:

Chairman: Mr Tim Yeo, MP

Mr Gregory Barker MP Mr Nick Hurd MP Mrs Linda Riordan MP

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

Mr Colin Challen MP Mr Mark Lazarowicz MP Jo Swinson MP

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

Martin Horwood MP 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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