Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Press Notice

Session 2004-05  11 January 2005



The Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into consultation by local authorities on the delivery of their mainstream services, regeneration initiatives and planning functions.

The Committee will pay particular attention to the following issues:

• The general effectiveness of public consultation and its impact on local authority decision-making and possible ways to improve it

• How public consultation fits into the local authority decision making processes

• Whether public consultation by local authorities is part of a continuing process of communication, information dissemination and participation

• Whether best practice is being developed and applied widely

• The extent to which consultation exercises reach an audience beyond those who typically participate

• Whether the new cabinet structures in Local Government facilitate consultation and the involvement of constituents in decision-making.

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by Monday 7th February 2005 . It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.) Decisions about oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of evidence received by this date. [The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Contact: Jessica Mulley, Committee Clerk 020 7219 3927


Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to  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. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.