Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Bodies

As part of its ongoing inquiry into Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Bodies, the Transport Committee will take oral evidence at 2.45pm on Wednesday 31 March from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The Committee is scrutinising the following general aspects of all of the Agencies:

• The purpose of the Agencies and whether the current division of responsibilities is appropriate?

• How the Agencies contribute to Departmental objectives and policy?

• Whether the level of accountability and transparency of the Government's relations with the Agencies is appropriate?

• Whether the Agencies' performance is satisfactory and whether they are sufficiently accountable?

• How the Agencies funding arrangements relate to Government accounts?

• Whether there is sufficient co-ordination of systems and sharing of information between Agencies and with Government?

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Friday 19 March 2004.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 10 A4 pages in length. 

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word or Word Perfect formats) either by e-mail to transcom@parliament.uk or on a disk accompanying the hard copy.  Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. 

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

If you would prefer future press notices to be sent via email rather than post please email your address to transcom@parliament.uk

Press Notice   09/2003-04   12 February 2004