South West Committee

New inquiry: Prospects for South West economy

MPs on the South West Select Committee have announced a short follow-up inquiry to their work on the impact of the economic downturn on the south west and the government's response.

The Committee intends to take evidence during the first part of 2010 on the future prospects for the south west economy, expanding on some of the issues raised in the first inquiry. The Committee is seeking written submissions on the following:

€ the prospects for the regional economy;

€ what the region is doing to promote the five sectors identified in the Government's Partnerships for Growth document: digital economy, low carbon technologies, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and the creative industries; and

€ the effectiveness of regional bodies in supporting rural and remote economies in the region.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below, and would be grateful if they could be made by noon on Friday 22 January 2010, although submissions received after that date will be accepted.

Please note

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "South West Regional Committee Inquiry".

If you wish to discuss extensions to the deadline please contact Duma Langton on 020 7219 0772. The Committee's strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to:

Emma Sawyer
Regional Committees
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

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

€ (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful 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 that 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:

Please also note that once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee will normally, although not always, choose 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.


Regional Committees:

On the 12 November 2008 the House resolved: "that this House welcomes the Third Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on Regional Accountability (House of Commons Paper No. 282); approves the proposals for regional select and grand committees for each of the English regions set out in the response from the Government in the White Paper, Regional Accountability (Cm. 7376), except that Chairmen of regional select committees shall not be paid; accordingly endorses the clear expectation that the regional select committees should meet significantly less frequently than departmental select committees; and considers that the combination of select committees providing opportunities for inquiries and reports into regional policy and administration together with opportunities for debate involving all honourable Members from the relevant region will provide a major step forward in the scrutiny of regional policy."

Debate on 12 November 2008 Hansard (with motion)

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