Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

19 November 2007



The following one-off evidence session has been arranged as part of an inquiry into the Departmental Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07.

Date/Time:   Tuesday 20 November at 11.00am

Witness:     Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State, Department For Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (formerly Department of Trade &  Industry)  

Location:    Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Topics likely to come up include:
- The role of the new Department
- Progress on promoting innovation and regional growth
- The implementation of the Companies Act
- Progress on climate change and fuel poverty
- Future energy policy and nuclear decommissioning

The Chairman of the Committee, Peter Luff MP, said: “ The evidence session on the Annual Report is the Committee’s yearly opportunity to quiz the Secretary of State about the full range of his responsibilities. With issues such as the Energy Bill, the creation of the new Department and reducing the burden of regulation on business to be discussed it should be a lively and informative session.”

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.  It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks.  Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change. Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.