Committee for the Environment

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for the Environment. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister of the Environment, Mark H Durkan MLA, on matters within his responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of the Environment and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Ms Anna Lo.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

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The Committee for the Environment will hold its next meeting on Thursday 5 March, 2015 at 10.00am in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings when the Committee will review Departmental amendments to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill.  The Committee will also have Departmental briefings on the Environmental Better Regulation Bill, as well as a number of items of subordinate legislation relating to local government and planning reform.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

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Committee Clerk: Sheila Mawhinney

Room 373,Parliament Buildings
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 90521783

Committee Launches Report on its Inquiry into Wind Energy

The Environment Committee launched its report on its Inquiry into Wind Energy. The Committee initiated the Inquiry in response to local groups who were concerned about the impact on rural dwellers of the increasing number of wind turbines in the countryside.

Listen to what Committee Chairperson, Anna Lo, had to say on the report:

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill - Committee Stage

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill was formally introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 12 May 2014 and received its Second Reading on 27 May 2014. The Bill has now been referred to the Committee for the Environment which has responsibility for the Committee Stage of the Bill.

The Committee has issued a written call for evidence in order to assist it with the scrutiny of the Bill.

Click here for further information.

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 21 August 2014.

Committee looks into the impact of Wind Energy

The Committee for the Environment initially agreed on 10 October 2013 to carry out a short Review of wind energy issues after hearing from a range of stakeholders over recent months. The Committee subsequently agreed that it would not complete this Review, but that it would instead carry out a full inquiry into this topic.

The Terms of Reference have been agreed and the Committee made a formal call for evidence which ended on 28 February 2014 – view submissions received here.

The Committee will consider this evidence over the next few months and will report later in the year. 

Committee Visits and Meetings

The Committee have compiled some photos showing the wide range of visits and meetings they undertake as part of their work covering the Environment remit.

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