Treasury Committee press notice no.85

Session 2006-07, 10 October 2007


Treasury Committee to scrutinise the Chancellor’s 2007 Pre-Budget Report and the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review

As part of its core role to scrutinise the Government’s management of the economy, the Treasury Committee has announced two new inquiries on The 2007 Pre-Budget Report and The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. The Committee will take evidence from experts, HM Treasury officials, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Chancellor, on the state of the economy and the measures announced in the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Committee would welcome written evidence prepared in response to these inquiries. The inquiries will give rise to separate reports and separate submissions should be prepared for each inquiry. Written evidence must reach the Committee by 12 noon on Monday 15 October.

The Committee has arranged the following oral evidence sessions:

The 2007 Pre-Budget Report and The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Monday 15 October
4.15 pm
(macroeconomic issues)
Robert Chote, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
David Miles, Morgan Stanley
Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consulting
Martin Weale, National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

5.15 pm
(microeconomic issues)
Robert Chote, IFS
Professor Colin Talbot, Manchester Business School
Martin Weale, NIESR
John Whiting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

The 2007 Pre-Budget Report
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 17 October
2.30pm
HM Treasury officials

The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review
Room (tbc)
Monday 22 October
4.15 pm
Chief Secretary to the Treasury and HM Treasury officials

The 2007 Pre-Budget Report and The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review
Room (tbc)
Thursday 25 October
11.00 am
Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
HM Treasury officials

These meetings will be held in a Committee Room of the House of Commons or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.


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1. 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 Monday 15 October at 12.00 noon.
Submissions should be prepared in response to either the Comprehensive Spending Review or The 2007 Budget. Separate submissions should be prepared for each inquiry and 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. 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.

2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon John McFall (Chairman), Mr Graham Brady, Mr Colin Breed, Jim Cousins, Angela Eagle, Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Michael Fallon (Sub-Committee Chairman), Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Andrew Love, Mr George Mudie, Mr Siôn Simon, John Thurso, Mr Mark Todd, Peter Viggers.