South West Regional Committee Press Notice 28 April 2009

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Impact of the current economic situation on the South West and the Government's response: Call for evidence

The South West Regional Select Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written submissions on the impact of the current economic situation on the south west and the Government's response. The Committee has already taken oral evidence from the Minister for the South West, Regional Development Agency, Regional Assembly and South West Councils and will be holding another evidence session in the region during May. To support the oral evidence it is taking, the Committee invites written submissions on:...":

€ the impact of the economic situation on the south west, including problems around unemployment and debt

€ the nature and extent of the Government's response to the current economic situation in the south west

€ the effectiveness of the Government's response in reducing the impact of the current economic situation on the south west

€ the effectiveness of the Government Office for the South West, the Southwest Regional Development Agency, the South West Regional Economic Task Group, and other Government agencies and partner organisations in the south west in delivering the Government's response

€ the impact that the response to the current economic situation might have in the longer term on the economy and well being of the region

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by noon on Friday 15 May 2009, 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". 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

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.