Treasury Committee: Press Notice

Treasury Committee outlines terms of reference for inquiry into credit searches

The Treasury Committee will be undertaking a short inquiry into the impact on the credit ratings of consumers shopping around to obtain credit, through personal loans or credit cards, on the most advantageous terms. Evidence is sought on:

  • The effect of multiple credit searches on individuals' credit ratings including the size of the change in credit scores;

  • The extent to which lenders offer best practice quotation searches.

The deadline for written evidence is 14 October.
Please note that the Committee will not be able to intervene to resolve individual cases.

Notes on submission of written evidence

Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to [email protected]. 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. The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 14 October 2009. Submissions should be no longer than 3000 words.

Submissions 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 on the guide for witnesses page.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. 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 by 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. 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.

Further information:

Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon John McFall (Chairman), Nick Ainger, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Colin Breed, Jim Cousins, Mr Michael Fallon (Sub-Committee Chairman), Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Andrew Love, John Mann, Mr James Plaskitt, John Thurso, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Andrew Tyrie, Sir Peter Viggers.
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