Environmental Audit Committee

22 March 2004



As part of its regular inquiries on the Government's Pre-Budget and Budget Report, the Environmental Audit Committee is holding oral evidence sessions on Budget 2004 as follows:

Wednesday 24th March


Friends of the Earth


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

Tuesday 30th March


Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government

Wednesday 31st March


John Healey MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

These sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  Room allocations are subject to change at short notice.  Please call the Committee Information Line on: 020 7219 2033 for confirmation nearer the time.


Notes for Editors

1. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) regularly reviews the progress made by the Treasury in placing environmental objectives at the heart of its fiscal strategy.   In doing so, it has taken as one of its reference points the Statement of Intent on Environmental Taxation, which the Treasury itself released in July 1997.  Details of all the Committee's press releases and inquiries, together with its Reports and other publications, are available on the Committee's Internet home page.

2. Its last report in this series, Pre-Budget Report 2003: Aviation Follow-up was published on Monday 15 March, three days before the Budget.   The report focused specifically on aviation policy in the light of the Aviation White Paper and the Government response to EAC's earlier report on this topic last year.   However, the Committee also took evidence on other aspects of the Government's Pre-Budget Report and made it clear, both in the report and the associated press release, that it intended to continue its evaluation of other aspects of the Pre-Budget Report after the Budget, taking into account any other announcements which might be made.

3. In this connection, the Committee took evidence from John Healey MP (on 21 January 2004) and from the Association for the Conservation of Energy, the Energy Saving Trust, and the Carbon Trust (on  4 February 2004).   This evidence is printed in the second volume of the Committee's latest report (the Third Report of Session 2003-04, Pre-Budget 2003:  Aviation Follow-up, HC 233-II).