26 July 2007
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided that it will hold an inquiry into flooding. Evidence sessions are likely to begin on 10 October and the Committee's work is intended to contribute to the conclusions of the independently-led âËlessons learned' exercise that the Secretary of State announced on 12 July 2007. The Committee is appointing Members to gather information from some of those directly involved in order to help inform its inquiry.
The Committee invites written memoranda from interested parties on the issues raised by recent flooding in England and Wales and what steps public authorities should take to address them. These should reach the Committee by
13 September 2007. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.
In addition, while memories are fresh, the Committee would welcome brief e-mails (to [email protected]) from people and organisations directly affected by the recent flooding, with suggestions about the issues the Committee should examine during its inquiry.
Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to
[email protected]. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.
Submissions should be as brief as possible, and no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long).
Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.
Information about the Committee can be found at: www.parliament.uk/efracom. For media inquiries please call Laura Kibby on 07917 488 557.