§ Mr. Luff
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what will be the role of Councillor David Barlow in the work of the Environment Agency and at what level; how much time he will be required to give to the work of the agency; what qualifications or experience led to his appointment; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Clappison
Councillor David Barlow has been appointed a member of the Environment Agency's area environment group for the upper Severn.
Area environment groups are non-statutory consultative forums appointed by the agency which meet quarterly to advise on local delivery of its services. Appointments to them are made by the agency's area managers. DoE Ministers have no involvement in their composition.