Transport Committee Sessional Press Notices 2006-07




The House of Commons Transport Committee has announced an inquiry into the Government’s draft Local Transport Bill, which was published today.

Committee Chairman, Hon Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, said:

“We very much welcome the publication of this Bill in draft. Pre-legislative scrutiny is now widely regarded as an essential part of the legislative process for major Government bills, which has consistently led to Parliament making better law. This is an opportunity for local authorities, PTAs and PTEs, local transport operators and transport users to have their say on the future law. We would welcome suggestions from anybody with an interest in any aspect of the draft Bill.”

The Committee is working to a very tight timetable as its Report must be agreed before the House rises for the summer recess on 26 July. This is to enable the Government to take account of the Committee’s recommendations before the Bill is formally presented to Parliament.

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence by Monday 11 June 2007.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee’s property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee’s work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:

Press Notice 36/2006-07                                    22 May 2007