Sheryll Murray, Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall, has been appointed to the Environmental Audit Committee which sits in the House of Commons.
The remit of the Environmental Audit Committee is to consider the extent to which the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, and to audit their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets. In the previous Parliament (2005-2010), the Committee’s programme included inquiries on climate change and environmental fiscal measures (‘green taxation’), as well as sustainable development and environmental protection. Unlike most select committees, the Committee’s remit cuts across government rather than focuses on the work of a particular department.
Upon her appointment on the 26th July, Sheryll Murray said, “We only have one environment and it is our duty to look after it during our tenure for future generations. I want to look right across the sphere of government to see where we can make the biggest improvements.”