Health Committee

No 39, Session 2003-04            2 November 2004



The Committee will undertake a short inquiry into the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients.


Organisations and individuals wishing to submit a short memorandum are invited to do so no later than Thursday 25th November. Late memoranda will only be accepted at the Committee's discretion, and may not be considered for publication. A single evidence session is likely to take place on Thursday 9th December and a later press notice will give details of this.

A revised guide to preparing written evidence for the Health Committee is appended to this notice.  The Committee requests that evidence should be concise and in the form of a self-contained memorandum, prepared according to the guidelines set out by the terms of reference given above and preferably submitted electronically to 

Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons.  It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies.  The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.



1.All organisations and individuals are welcome to submit written evidence.

2.Evidence should contain a brief introduction to the persons or organisations submitting it, and any factual information they have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw  conclusions.

3.Evidence should be structured along the lines of the terms of reference.  Please arrange your material in sections which follow the terms of reference.  If you wish to make any further points, please do so in a separate final section.  

4.It can helpful if you include any recommendations for action by the Government or others which you would like the Committee to consider for inclusion in its Report. 

5.Once written evidence has been submitted it becomes the property of the House of Commons and it is for the Committee to decide the manner and timing of its publication; those submitting written evidence may  make their evidence public themselves; there is no objection to witnesses simply outlining the views expressed in it.

6.Evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere.  Material published elsewhere may be referred to within a proposed memorandum.

7.Unless indicated otherwise it will be assumed that those submitting written evidence have no objection to it being made public by the Committee.  If witnesses give oral evidence, copies of their written evidence will usually be made available to press and public at the hearing and treated as being in the public domain thereafter.  Written evidence submitted  by those not giving oral evidence will be made public by the Committee at the end of the inquiry, by publication or other means.

8.You may like to give an indication of your willingness to give oral evidence.

9.All evidence should be signed (where possible) and dated, with a note of the author's name and status, indicating whether the evidence is submitted on an individual or corporate basis.

Note:  Please access the Guide link at the Press notice site for further information, or alternatively, contact us on 0217 219 6182 and we will supply a full copy.