Transport Committee calls for evidence on the HLOS announcement

16 July 2012

The Transport Committee calls for evidence on the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) announcement.

The Transport Select Committee today calls for evidence on the Government’s High Level Output Specification for rail for 2014-19. The Committee will take oral evidence on the HLOS announcement on 4 September and later in October as part of its Rail 2020 inquiry.

Chair's comments

Committee Chair Louise Ellman MP said:

“We will look closely at the Government’s plans for rail, including how schemes have been prioritised, when new schemes will be delivered and how they will be paid for.  We would like people to send their views on these issues. We will question Network Rail, the train operators, the Office of Rail Regulation and the Government about what this new announcement means for rail and, most importantly, for passengers”.

Submissions should be sent by no later than Friday 24 August 2012.

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 summary of the main points at the start of the submission is also helpful.

2. Evidence should be submitted by e-mail to in Word or Rich Text format, with as little use of colour and images as possible. If you wish to submit written evidence to the Committee in another format you must contact a member of staff to discuss this. 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. 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. The Committee will publish the majority of written evidence that is received, but some submissions will be placed in the Parliamentary Archives for public inspection rather than being printed or published online. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, you must clearly say so, and should contact a member of staff to discuss this. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material or correspondence sent to other parties, formal submissions of evidence should be original work produced for the Committee 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.

Additional information on submitting evidence to a Select Committee is available online in the House of Commons Guide to Witnesses (PDF PDF 1.25 MB).

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