Councillors and the community

Inquiry status: Government Reponse published.



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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

Stages of an inquiry

Most, but not all, Select Committee inquiries are conducted as follows:

  • Written evidence called for
  • Oral evidence sessions held
  • Report published
  • Response published

Not all inquiries result in a Report

Related previous inquiries

The Committee investigated the work of local authorities in identifying the benefits and risks of mutuals and co-operatives including the support being provided by Government to assist in setting up mutuals and co-operatives. The Committee published its report in November 2012. The Government Response was published in February 2013.



The Communities and Local Government Committee held an inquiry into the Government’s plans for localism and decentralisation of public services. The Committee's report was published in June 2011. The Government response was published in September 2011.