Coastguard, emergency towing vessels and Maritime Incident Response Group inquiry

21 March 2011

The Transport Committee asks for written evidence earlier than deadline.

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government's proposals for the Coastguard, the Maritime Incident Response Group and emergency towing vessels. The initial deadline for written submissions was Tuesday 26 April 2011.

The Committee is keen to conduct its inquiry as soon as possible and will now begin oral evidence sessions earlier than expected, starting in late April.

Organisations and individuals intending to submit written evidence to the Committee's inquiry are encouraged to do so promptly. Submissions received before 12 April 2011 will be particularly helpful in assisting the Committee in its work, although evidence will continue to be accepted until 26 April.

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 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 also 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.

Further information:

The press notice announcing the inquiry on 17 February is available at: Announcement and Terms of Reference 

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