Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)

03 November 2011

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to hold an evidence session on the rationalisation of the AHVLA’s laboratory services in England and the AHVLA’s proposals for competitive tendering for Official Veterinarians (OVs) services.

Interested parties are invited to provide written evidence by Monday 9 January.

The witnesses and dates for oral evidence sessions will be confirmed in due course.

Notes for those submitting written evidence to the EFRA inquiry:

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to

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.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible to address the salient points. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long).

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. 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.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee. For further details about this inquiry, please contact Rebecca Ross, Agriculture Specialist, on 020 7219 2735.

Further information about the work of the Committee can be found on the Committee’s website at

The meeting will take place in a committee room in the House of Commons. Visitors should check the exact location nearer the time on

The Welsh Affairs Committee is taking evidence on the rationalisation of AHVLA laboratory services in Wales. Information about the Welsh Affairs Committee’s work can be found on the Committee’s website at

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