Lords set to lose environment committee

A House of Lords committee which has been scrutinising EC environmental legislation for almost 20 years is set to be disbanded, weakening Parliament's already limited contribution to the environmental policy-making process. One temporary compensation may be the establishment of a Lords inquiry into the economics of sustainable development.

The scrapping of the specialist environment sub-committee of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities is expected to be confirmed in January. It follows a review of all the Lords committees by an inquiry chaired by Lord Jellicoe which reported this summer, and a follow-up report by a new Liaison Committee established to keep the Committee structure under continuing review.

The Jellicoe report identified a mismatch b

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