The Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee examines the wide range of council services and projects that fall within the portfolios of built environment, city management, infrastructure transport and the environment. Given the largest remit of the Policy and Scrutiny Committees, the Environment Committee provides ‘critical friend’ questioning to at least one of the following members of the Cabinet at each meeting:
The Committee is also Westminster’s designated statutory ‘flood risk’ Committee under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and restated in the Localism Act 2011.
The Committee also provides a role in holding to account a number of external organisations to the Council, including (but not limited to) Park Authorities, Transport for London and the Highways Agency. The Committee also takes an active interest in scrutinising utility company activity in Westminster. Provisions for councils to require information from specified ‘partner authorities’ was included in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and restated in the Localism Act 2011.
The Committee also undertakes special investigations and may appoint Sub-Committees or Task Groups on either a formal or informal basis.