INNOVATION, UNIVERSITIES, SCIENCE AND SKILLS COMMITTEE

21 May 2009

EVIDENCE SESSION

SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST

The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee will be holding an evidence session on Sites of Special Scientific Interest on Wednesday 17 June.

The session will take place in the Thatcher Room at 9.30am.

The session is 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 30 minutes to pass through security checks.  Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change. Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.

Please note: Anyone wishing to make a submission in connection with this evidence session should note that the submission should be no more than 1,000 words in length and in Word format (no later than 2003).

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked “SSSIs”.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting  written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. 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.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Please also note that:

• Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

• Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.

• Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it 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. 

• Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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