Treasury Committee press notice no. 27

Session 2005-06, 16 March

Treasury Committee to scrutinise the Chancellor's 2006 Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer will make his annual budget statement on Wednesday 22 March at 12.30pm. As part of its core role to scrutinise the Government's management of the economy, the Treasury Committee will take evidence from experts, HM Treasury officials and the Chancellor, on the measures announced in the Budget and on the state of the economy. The Committee would welcome written evidence, prepared in response to the Budget, as part of this inquiry. Written evidence must reach the Committee by 12 noon on Monday 27 March. The Committee expects to publish a Report arising from its inquiry before the second reading of the Finance Bill.

The Committee has arranged the following oral evidence sessions:

Monday 27 March 2006:

At 4.15 pm : (macroeconomic issues) David Miles, Morgan Stanley, Martin Weale, National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR), Robert Chote, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consulting

At approx. 5.30 pm: (microeconomic issues) John Whiting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Professor Colin Talbot, Manchester Business School, Martin Weale, NIESR, and Robert Chote, IFS

Wednesday 29 March 2006:

At 9.00 am: Treasury officials

Thursday 30 March 2006:

At 11.45 am: Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and HM Treasury officials

These meetings will be held in a Committee Room of the House of Commons or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.


1. The deadline for written submissions is 12 noon on Monday 27 March. Submissions should be 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. Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should not be of undue length. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. 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. 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.

2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon John McFall (Chairman), Lorely Burt, Mr Jim Cousins, Angela Eagle, Mr Michael Fallon (Chairman, Sub-Committee), Mr David Gauke, Ms Sally Keeble, Susan Kramer, Mr Andrew Love, Kerry McCarthy, Mr George Mudie, Nr Brooks Newmark, Mr Mark Todd, Peter Viggers.

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