Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

THE ACCESSION OF BULGARIA AND ROMANIA TO THE EU: TWELVE MONTHS ON

Committee announces one-off evidence session on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU: 12 months on

The Home Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 27 November entitled â‚Ëœthe accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU: twelve months on'.

The Committee will question the Minister of State for Nationality, Citizenship and Immigration on recent developments in regard to the issues originally raised at their evidence session held prior to accession on 7 December 2006, particularly in the context of the Government's recent‚ review of the restrictions to the UK labour market placed on Bulgarian and Romanian workers.

The Committee would welcome written submissions from interested parties regarding the implications of Bulgarian and Romanian accession for Home Office policy areas. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Thursday 15 November 2007.‚ Submissions should consist of no more than 2,500 words. Further advice on making a submission can be found overleaf.

Tuesday 27 November at 10.15 a.m.

Witness: Liam Byrne MP, Minister of State, Home Office

Location (tbc): Committee Room 16, House of Commons.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee room and timing are subject to change.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text formatâ‚"not PDF formatâ‚"and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. 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 must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. 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/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

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 the Committee is 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. 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.