Inquiry Announcement

12 November 2010

The Business, Innovation and Skills, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees have agreed to conduct an inquiry into Strategic Export Controls.

The four Committees, which sit concurrently as the Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC), invite short written submissions from interested organisations and individuals

The key focus for the inquiry will be the Government’s 2009 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls and the 2009 Quarterly reports.

As well as taking written evidence the Committees will be taking oral evidence starting. Times to be announced.

The Committees ask for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by midday Monday 22 November 2010.

Please note Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to arms_committees@parliament.uk and marked “Submission for CAEC inquiry”.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. Please state clearly to which organisation or person the submission should be attributed. 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.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee’s report can be sent to you upon publication.

View guidance on giving evidence to Select Committees.

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committees. The Committees normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committees will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

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