ODPM Committee Press Notice

Session 2003-04  15 September 2004



The Committee has resolved to carry out an inquiry into the role and effectiveness of the Standards Board for England with particular reference to the following issues:

• The effectiveness of the Standards Board for England in promoting and overseeing the Code of Conduct that sets out the rules governing the behaviour of members of local authorities

• The role of the Standards Board for England in ensuring local authorities adhere to a Code of Conduct and its ability to assess allegations of misconduct in a timely and fair way

• The Standards Board for England’s relationships with:

(a) other regulatory organisations that support the ethical framework set out in the Local Government Act 2000;

(b) central Government;

(c) local Government stakeholders

• The role of the Standards Board for England in supporting the establishment and operation of standards committees at a local level.

Please note that the Committee has not resolved to deal with individual cases as part of this inquiry.

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by 29 October 2004.  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].  It should also be noted that decisions about who to call for 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 - please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk.

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.

Contact: Haidee Brockway, Committee Specialist on 020 7 219 6755



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.  For this inquiry, if sent by e-mail, it should for be sent to odpmcom@parliament.uk  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 http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm.cfm Information about the Committee can also be obtained by calling 020 7 219 4972.