Energy and Climate Change Committee

11 November 2009


The Energy and Climate Change Committee today issues a call for written evidence for its inquiry into the proposals for energy national policy statements (NPSs) as part of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's proposed NPS framework, launched on 9 November.

The objective of the inquiry will be to determine whether the energy NPSs provide a coherent and practical framework within which the Infrastructure Planning Commission can assess future planning applications for energy infrastructure.

As part of its evidence gathering, and to reduce burdens on consultees, the Committee will be receiving copies of written submissions made to the Department's current consultation. Although this is open until 22 February, the Committee is only likely to be able to take account of submissions made before Friday 15 January. The Committee would also welcome any comments that are additional to the Department's consultation by this deadline.

Oral hearings will take place in the New Year.


Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format - not PDF format - and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. Hard copy submissions should be sent to: The Clerk, Energy and Climate Change Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 8 pages.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly 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 Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. 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.


1. The role of Parliament in scrutinising national policy statements (NPSs) is set out in the Planning Act 2008 (section 9). The Liaison Sub-Committee designated the Energy and Climate Change Committee responsibility for considering the energy NPSs on 10 November 2009, in accordance with Standing Order No. 152H.

2. Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Elliot Morley MP, Labour, Scunthorpe (Chairman)
Mr David Anderson MP, Labour, Blaydon
Colin Challen MP, Labour, Morley and Rothwell
Nadine Dorries MP, Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire
Charles Hendry MP, Conservative, Wealden
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP, Conservative, Bromsgrove
Anne Main MP, Conservative, St. Albans
Judy Mallaber MP, Labour, Amber Valley
John Robertson MP, Labour, Glasgow North West
Sir Robert Smith MP, Liberal Democrats, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Paddy Tipping MP, Labour, Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP, Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Mr Mike Weir MP, Scottish National Party, Angus
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour, Southampton Test

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