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Session 2005-06        21 July 2005


At its first meeting, held yesterday, the Scottish Affairs Committee unanimously elected Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP as its Chairman.


The Committee will hold its first public oral evidence session this Parliament at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 19 October 2005, on The Scotland Office Annual Report 2005. The meeting will take place at the House of Commons.

The Committee will be taking evidence from the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Mr David Cairns MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Scotland).


The Committee has agreed also that it will hold an inquiry into The Potential Benefits for Scotland of the 2012 Olympics. The Committee welcomes the announcement that Hampden Park in Glasgow will play host to part of the football tournament, but it will seek to identify how Scotland might attract other events, or facilitate athletes training and preparing for their events, in order to benefit local economies.

The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on the inquiry by 3 October 2005.   The Committee will be arranging a series of public oral evidence sessions.  Details of these will be announced in due course.

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to  The body of 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.

Submissions must address the terms of the inquiry.  They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 6 sides of A4.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include an executive summary.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries.  If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so.  If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.  Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission.  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.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere.  Once evidence is submitted, no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.