Energy Committee's abolition weakens oversight of energy policy

The House of Commons' capacity to scrutinise the Government's energy policy and its environmental implications has been seriously curtailed by the abolition of the Select Committee on Energy and the Government's refusal to countenance an effective replacement.

The Energy Committee's disbandment follows the abolition of the Department of Energy after the general election and the transfer of most of its responsibilities to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with energy efficiency passing to the Department of the Environment.

The decision to disband the Energy Committee was the Government's. As the Leader of the House of Commons, Tony Newton, commented in a debate on the Select Committees

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