The House of Commons Transport Committee has announced an inquiry into the Government's draft Marine Navigation Bill, which was published on Tuesday 6 May.

The Committee invites interested parties to submit written evidence addressing the specific provisions in the draft Bill.

The Committee is working to a tight timetable as its Report must be agreed before the House rises for the summer recess on 22 July. This is to enable the Government to take account of the Committee's recommendations before the Bill is formally presented to Parliament.

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence by Monday 2 June 2008.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to 3,000 words or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format using plain A4 format (ie not in company letter-head template format), attached to an e-mail sent to [email protected] The body of the covering e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge), Clive Efford (Eltham), Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside), Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Mr John Leech (Manchester Withington), Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle), Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North), David Simpson (Upper Bann), Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester Blackley), Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne).

2. Further information about the work of the Committee and its membership can be found at

Committee Information: Tel 020 7219 6263 Fax 020 7219 0909 email [email protected]

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Press Notice 35/2007-08 9 May 2008