House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

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The Environmental Audit Committee looks at the environmental impact of all government departments and non-departmental public bodies. Established in 1997 as part of the incoming Labour government's manifesto it audits performance against any sustainable development and environmental protection targets.

Unlike most select committees, the Committee’s remit cuts across government rather than focuses on the work of a particular government department. [1]

The current chair is Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies, who was elected in June 2015. [2]

Fracking inquiry

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In 2015 the committee heard evidence from the shale gas industry as part of its parliamentary inquiry into the environmental risks of fracking.

During its hearings Committee chair Joan Walley asked head of the new industry-funded Task Force on Shale Gas, Lord Chris Smith, if he would press the government to release an unredacted version of a report it released under Freedom of Information laws in mid-2014 into the impacts on rural communities. Lord Smith said he was committed to openness and would write to the government on the matter.

Fracking moratorium

Members of the EAC who voted for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas in January 2015:


In the 2005-2010 Parliament, the Committee’s programme included inquiries on climate change and environmental fiscal measures (‘green taxation’), as well as sustainable development and environmental protection. [4]


June 2015

Member Party

2010-May 2015

Joan Walley MP was elected by the House to be the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee on 9 June 2010. The remaining members were appointed to the Committee on 26 July 2010.




  1. House of Commons Select Committees Environmental Audit Committee - role
  2. Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced,, 18 June 2015
  3. Full list of MPs available at: Hansard], 27 January 2015
  4. House of Commons Select Committees Environmental Audit Committee - role
  5. House of Commons Select Committees, Environmental Audit Committee - membership, accessed 10 November 2010.