21 July 2008
Committee Media Officer: Rebecca Jones
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Press Notice No 19
New Inquiry - Cross border cooperation
The Committee is to carry out an inquiry into cooperation between the Northern Ireland Office and the Government of the Republic of Ireland.
In particular, the Committee will focus on cross-border cooperation between the agencies responsible for law enforcement and criminal justice in Northern Ireland and in the Republic.
The Committee invites any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence in accordance with the guidelines stated below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org marked "Cross border cooperation" and should arrive by Thursday 25 September 2008.
If you wish to submit a paper copy, in addition to the electronic version, it should be sent to:
The Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
House of Commons
It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately 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.
Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.
A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm
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 Committee. The Committee 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 Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.
Please contact the Committee office (020 7219 2173) if you require advice on your submission.
1. Committee Membership is as follows: Sir Patrick Cormack, MP (Chairman) (Conservative, South Staffordshire), Mr David Anderson, MP (Labour, Blaydon), Rt. Hon John Battle MP (Labour, Leeds West), Mr Gregory Campbell, MP (Democratic Unionist Party, East Londonderry), Rosie Cooper, MP (Labour, West Lancashire), Mr Christopher Fraser, MP (Conservative, South West Norfolk), Mr John Grogan, MP (Labour, Selby), Mr Stephen Hepburn, MP (Labour, Jarrow), Lady Hermon, MP (Ulster Unionist Party, North Down), Kate Hoey MP (Labour, Vauxhall), Dr Alasdair McDonnell, MP (SDLP, Belfast South), Mr Denis Murphy MP (Labour, Wansbeck),Mr Sammy Wilson, MP (Democratic Unionist Party, East Antrim)
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