Treasury Committee press notice no.13

Session 2006-07, 1 December 2006

The Comprehensive Spending Review: emerging issues

Evidence session announced and call for supplementary evidence

The Treasury Committee announced an inquiry into the Comprehensive Spending Review on 24 July 2006 and requested evidence by early October [see note 1 for link to previous press notice]. The Committee is now announcing an oral evidence session as part of this inquiry with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and inviting further written evidence in advance of that session.

The following evidence session has been arranged:

Tuesday 30 January 2007
10.00 am
Mr Stephen Timms MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury

The hearing is scheduled to take place in Portcullis House.  Those wishing to attend the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.

The Committee would welcome submissions or supplementary submissions of written evidence covering particularly-

»Issues arising from the Government document Long-term opportunities and challenges for the UK: analysis for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review published on 27 November [see note 2];

»The form of the forthcoming “open discussion about future priorities” [see note 3];

»The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review value for money programme, further information on which is expected in the forthcoming Pre-Budget Report [see note 4]; and

»The likely development of Public Service Agreements (PSAs) and PSA targets in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Written evidence must reach the Committee by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 10 January. Further information for those submitting written evidence is given in note 5 below.

2. The document is available at: 
3. Long-term opportunities and challenges for the UK: analysis for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, Foreword by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, p 2.
4. Long-term opportunities and challenges for the UK: analysis for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, para 8.38.
5. Notes for submitters: Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline for supplementary written evidence is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 10 January 2007. Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should not exceed 3,000 words in length. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long. Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases. Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. 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. Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. For further information on evidence to select committees, see the guide for witnesses available at: