Welsh Affairs Committee: Press Notice

22 July 2009: For Immediate Release

Cross-border services for Wales: follow-up - call for evidence

Over the past two years, the Welsh Affairs Committee has conducted substantial and in-depth inquiries into the provision of cross-border services for Wales. The Committee's inquiry focused on three aspects of cross-border issues:

€ Health and social care;

€ Further and higher education; and

€ Transport

The Committee has now published its Reports on all three strands and has received Government responses to the first two. These are available on the Committee's website at: www.parliament.uk/welshcom

The Committee's inquiries into cross-border public services highlighted a number of areas in which co-ordination between Whitehall and the Welsh Assembly Government needed to improve. The Committee now intends to return to each strand of the inquiry to determine what progress has been made, in the light of the Government's responses to its reports.

The Committee also intends to consider cross-border issues in relation to economic development. Economic development has been a central priority for the National Assembly for Wales since its inception and has particular relevance at the present time. We intend to look at the issue not just in terms of differences on either side of the border, but in terms of mutual interest and joint initiatives across the border between England and Wales, including the involvement of local authorities, the private sector and social enterprise.

The Committee is therefore issuing a call for new written evidence. In particular, it would welcome further evidence from any interested parties on any of the following issues:

€ Recent developments in the provision, funding and co-ordination of cross-border public services in the fields of

  • Health and social care;
  • Further and higher education; and
  • Transport

€ Economic development initiatives across the border between Wales and England and the effects of the current economic climate on cross-border services.

The deadline for new written submissions to the Committee on these issues is 5 October 2009. The Committee will begin taking evidence in the autumn.

If you have already submitted evidence to the original inquiry, please do not re-send your submissions, however, the Committee would welcome your views on developments since that time.

Please note

Each submission should:

€ 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. Please do not send your submission as a PDF document.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected]

and marked "Cross-border follow-up". An additional paper copy should be sent to:

Welsh 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: 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 organisation 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.