ODPM Press Notice

Session 2002-03  21 May 2003


Following the riots in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford in 2001, a series of reports into Community Cohesion were produced.  The ODPM: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee has resolved to undertake an inquiry into:

• the Government’s (and in particular ODPM’s) response to the Community Cohesion reports, especially in relation to neighbourhood renewal, housing and local government;

• the role of councils, other public agencies and voluntary and community groups;

• how cohesive communities can be created and examples of successful policies and initiatives, including whether they can be transferred to other places.

The Committee will be visiting Oldham later this year as a case study and would particularly welcome submissions from Oldham residents and local organisations.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee on the points above and other relevant topics by Monday 30 June.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.)  Witnesses should also note that decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of the evidence received by this date.

Evidence should be sent to the Clerk, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, in electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to odpmcom@parliament.uk  or on a disk accompanying the hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.  Please note that memoranda should be limited in length to six A4 pages.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/selcom/witguide.htm

Contact: Kate Emms, Clerk  020 7 219 3927, emmsk@parliament.uk