Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Press Notice

Date 12/03/09 For Immediate Release

Call for Evidence - Inquiry into the Consultative Group on the Past

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is conducting an investigation into the feasibility of implementing the proposals of the Report of the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland. The inquiry is focusing particularly on:

€ Future provision for victims in Northern Ireland

€ The operational implications for the bodies currently overseeing the review of historical cases

The Committee invites any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence in accordance with the guidelines stated below:

Each submission should:

€ be no more than 3,000 words in length;

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs; and

€ be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] marked "Consultative Group on the Past" and should arrive by Friday 10 April 2009.

If you wish to submit a paper copy, in addition to the electronic version, it should be sent to:

The Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London
SW1P 3JA.

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.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: 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.

Please contact the Committee office (020 7219 2173) if you require advice on your submission.