Transport Committee further evidence session for the Cost of Motor Insurance

25 November 2010


Terms of reference and call for evidence

The Transport Select Committee has decided to undertake a further oral evidence session on the cost of motor insurance in the new year, following on from the oral evidence on 9 November.

The Committee wishes to extend its deadline for submitting written evidence to Wednesday 15 December. Individuals and organisations which have already provided written evidence are welcome to submit further comments, in response to the oral and written evidence received to date.

Written and oral evidence on the cost of motor insurance is available on the Committee’s website.

For those wishing to submit evidence, the terms of reference for the inquiry are:

  • The reasons and consequences of recent increases in the cost of motor insurance
  • The impact on young people of the high costs of motor insurance
  • The extent to which the cost of motor insurance is influenced by the prevalence of road accidents, insurance fraud, legal costs and the number of uninsured drivers
  • Whether there are public policy implications of the rise in the cost of motor insurance and, if so, what steps the Government might take in response to them.


Notes on the submission of written evidence
It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Written submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee’s property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. If the Committee decides to accept your contribution as evidence we will email you formally accepting it as such. An acknowledgement of formal acceptance will be sent once all formalities have been completed. You may publicise or publish your submission yourself, once you receive the formal acceptance of your evidence to the Committee. When doing so, please indicate that it has been submitted to the Committee.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give more detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee, or further advice on any aspect of the Committee’s work, by phone or e-mail.

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