Inquiry status: report published, Government Response published, inquiry concluded

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee held an inquiry that looked at the way in which commercial spectrum holdings were allocated and regulated. The inquiry was prompted by the imminence of the next spectrum auction in 2012; Ofcom's consultation on the rules of the auction, published in March 2011; and a Westminster Hall debate on rural broadband on 23 March 2011. The committee was also aware that there were conflicting opinions among UK spectrum users, notably the four main mobile network operators (MNOs), about how the next spectrum auction should be conducted.



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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