South West Regional Committee

Session 2008-09

18 June 2009

Transport in the South West: Call for evidence

MPs on the South West Regional Select Committee are launching an inquiry into transport in the South West.

The Committee is inviting stakeholders, passenger groups, campaigners, and interested parties to submit written views on the following:

• Whether transport provision in the south west is adequate to meet the demands placed upon the region;

• What the priorities should be for improvement;

• How these priorities should be reflected in the upcoming Regional Transport Strategy;

• What the costs of these improvements would be and whether the region can afford them;

• Whether the current arrangements for prioritising, approving and funding infrastructure projects are effective and appropriate;

• Whether the region is doing enough to promote environmentally friendly transport;

• The role and effectiveness of regional bodies, such as the Regional Development Agency and South West Councils, in identifying and addressing transport issues;

• The role and effectiveness of the Government Office for the South West in delivering national transport policy within the region; and

• The ability of the Government to influence private sector transport providers.

Chair of the South West Committee Alison Seabeck MP said:

“There are big questions facing the South West on transport.

“Is our region’s transport infrastructure adequate? What are the right investment decisions?

“Is enough being done to ensure our transport system is low carbon and environmentally friendly? 

“The South West Select Committee would like to hear your views.”

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by noon on Thursday, 16th July.  Earlier submission where possible would be appreciated. Submissions received after that date will be accepted but the Committee will not consider them until the autumn.

Please note

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

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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