Terms of Reference Social Care
20 July 2009 No. 18 - Session 2008-09
Following the publication of the Green Paper Shaping the Future of Care Together, the Health Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the future of social care services. The inquiry will look at options for:
future funding of long-term residential and domiciliary care for older people and people with physical or learning disabilities;
personalisation of social care services;
more effective, consistent and user-friendly social care services.
Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence. Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text formatnot PDF formatand sent by e-mail to email@example.com. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear if the submission is from an individual or on behalf of an organisation. The deadline is Thursday 1 October 2009.
Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/witnessguide.pdf .
Submissions need not address all the bullet points.
Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.
The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.
Evidence sessions will commence in the autumn and a later press notice will give details of these.
The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.
Current Membership of the Health Committee
Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP (Chairman) [L] Rother Valley
Charlotte Atkins MP [L] Staffordshire Moorlands
Peter Bone MP [C] Wellingborough
Jim Dowd MP [L] Lewisham West
Sandra Gidley MP [LD] Romsey
Stephen Hesford MP [L] Wirral West
Dr Doug Naysmith MP [L] Bristol North West
Mr Lee Scott MP [C] Ilford North
Dr Howard Stoate MP [L] Dartford
Mr Robert Syms MP [C] Poole
Dr Richard Taylor MP [IND] Wyre Forest
Media Enquiries: Becky Jones Tel: 020 7219 5693 / 07917 488549 Email:
Health Committee Information:
Health Committee website
Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:
Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on