It’s a consultation by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Parliamentary Select Committee entitled “ECC priorities for holding Government to account”. Select committees are a key way that Parliament – our MPs – hold the Government to account.
How can I submit comments?
The best way is to go to the DECC Commons Select Committee website and submit comments there. There’s more about how to do this further down the page.
Can I tweet them?
The Committee also hopes to host a stakeholder forum in Westminster on the morning of Tuesday 8th September to discuss its potential work programme in more detail. You can apply to take part in this forum by including your request to do so in your response.
When’s the deadline?
This Thursday, 13th August. The consultation closes at midnight.
Better get on with it, then. What do we have to do?
According to the parliament.co.uk website, “The Energy and Climate Change Committee is seeking written submissions on which Government policies require scrutiny over the coming years”. We’re told that our views “will help to inform the new Energy and Climate Change Committee’s future work programme”.
The Committee invites responses addressing the following questions in no more than 300 words:
Any ideas on what to say?
You could discuss some of these issues and make some of the following points. Please try and respond in your own words, giving supporting evidence if you can (but it’s not essential).
Of course, these are just guidelines, there may be many other points you would like to make on this topic, or other areas that you think require particular scrutiny in the future.
Here are some updated suggested answers:
Which DECC policy areas do you think require particular scrutiny over the next five years?
What should be the Committee’s scrutiny priorities over the next twelve months?
You could also make some or all of these points:
ENERGY SECURITY, BILLS AND JOBS
Please write your comments on a Word Document or similar and send to DECC via this submission form link.
And don’t forget to mention if you would like to be invited to the Forum discussion on Tuesday 8th September at the House of Commons. If you do, this will be a round table discussion and you will not be required to make a presentation.