The Welsh Affairs Committee is holding an evidence session into the representation of consumer interests in Wales.
Consumer Focus, the current statutory consumer advocacy body in Wales, operates across the whole economy with specific responsibility for the gas, electricity and postal sectors. It has been identified as one of the bodies the Government plans to abolish through the Public Bodies Bill, and it is expected that its powers and functions would be transferred to Citizens Advice. The Committee is seeking views on the impact of this change and how consumer interests in Wales should be best represented in future.
Tuesday 18 October 2011 The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
11.30am Gillian Guy, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice, and Helene Hayes, Partnership Development Manager, Citizens Advice, Cymru, Louise Hanson, Head of Advocacy, Which?
12.00pm Vivienne Sugar, Chair, Maria Battle, Senior Director, and Liz Withers, Head of Policy, Consumer Focus Wales
12.30pm Edward Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Committee Membership is as follows: David T. C. Davies MP (Chair), Stuart Andrew MP, Guto Bebb MP, Geraint Davies MP, Jonathan Edwards MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Susan Elan Jones MP, Karen Lumley MP, Jessica Morden MP, Owen Smith MP, Robin Walker MP, Mr Mark Williams MP
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