Environmental Audit Committee
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38.67The Environmental Audit Committee was first appointed in November 1997.1 Its role, set out in Standing Order No 152A, is to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development; to audit their performance against such targets as may be set for them by Ministers; and to report thereon. The Committee is appointed and nominated for the duration of a Parliament and consists of 16 members.
The Committee's constitution was originally similar to that of the Committee of Public Accounts. By convention, its Chair was drawn from the Official Opposition and its membership included a non-attending Minister with responsibility for environmental protection or sustainable development. This is no longer the case.2 While its cross-government remit distinguishes it from the departmentally-related select committees, the Committee's day-to-day operation is more akin to that of the departmentally-related committees than to the Committee of Public Accounts.