The Committee will begin taking oral evidence on its Cars of the Future inquiry on Wednesday 25 February at 2.45 pm. The session will hear from a fleet management company, insurance companies, the car retail representatives and safety experts about how technology should be used to create safer and cleaner vehicles, and what needs to be done to encourage the required technology, research and development.

The witnesses will be as follows:

At 2.45 pm Lex Vehicle Leasing

At 3.15 pm Association of British Insurers; Norwich Union

At 3.35 pm Retail Motor Industry Federation

At 3.50 pm  Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety; Professor Oliver Carsten, Leeds University; Professor Mike McDonald, Southampton University; Chief Inspector Neal Skelton

Further sessions will be announced.

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

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Press Notice   10/2003-04   23 February 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk to the Committee