Welsh Affairs and Local Government and Public Services Committees Press Notice N01 04-05

Session 2004-05
10 December 2004


Joint Press Notice No 1

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE

AND

HOUSE OF COMMONS WELSH AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE

Joint Press Notice

PUBLIC SERVICES OMBUDSMAN (WALES) BILL [HL]

The Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons and the Local Government and Public Services Committee of the National Assembly for Wales will be carrying out a joint inquiry of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [HL]. The Committees intend to hold joint meetings and oral evidence sessions for this purpose..

The Bill establishes the Office of Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, and in doing so, abolishes the Commission for Local Administration in Wales, the offices of Welsh Administration Ombudsman, the Health Service Commissioner for Wales and the Social Housing Ombudsman for Wales.

The Bill was published on 24 November 2004 and is available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200405/ldbills/003/2005003.htm or from the Stationery Office Bookshops (telephone orders: 0870 600 5522).

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence to either Committee at the addresses below, to arrive not later than Tuesday 11 January 2005.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format.

Timetable for the inquiry: It is likely that the Committees will hold oral evidence sessions in January.

Contacts for the Inquiry

Paul Derrett
Welsh Affairs Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1A 0AA

Telephone 0207 219 3264

e-mail [email protected]

Virginia Hawkins
Local Government and Public Services Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff CF99 1NA

Telephone 029 2089 8998

e-mail [email protected]

Membership of the Local Government and Public Services Committee: Anne Jones AM (Chair), Sue Essex AM (Minister), Lorraine Barrett AM, Glyn Davies AM, Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey AM, Alun Ffred Jones AM, Michael German OBE AM, Laura Jones AM, Peter Law AM and Dai Lloyd AM. 

Membership of the Welsh Affairs Committee: Mr Martyn Jones MP (Chairman), Mr Martin Caton MP, Mr Huw Edwards MP, Dr Hywel Francis MP, Ms Julie Morgan MP, Mr Albert Owen MP, Mr Hywel Williams MP, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Mr Nigel Evans MP, Mrs Betty Williams MP and Mr Roger Williams MP.