Treasury Committee press notice no. 54

Session 2005-06, 24 July 2006

New inquiry on The Comprehensive Spending Review: emerging issues

The Treasury Committee has decided to undertake a short inquiry into The Comprehensive Spending Review: emerging issues. The Committee's decision follows the publication by the Treasury on 13 July of a document entitled Releasing the resources to meet the challenges ahead: value for money in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review (Cm 6889). That document can be found on HM Treasury's website:

The Committee would welcome written evidence as part of this inquiry on€”

1. Issues arising from the Treasury document published on 13 July 2006;

2. Issues relating to the conduct of the Comprehensive Spending Review, including the National Debate foreshadowed in the 2006 Budget;

3. The role of Public Service Agreements (PSAs) and PSA targets in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Written evidence should reach the Committee by 3.00 pm on Wednesday 11 October 2006 focussing on any or all of the three areas identified above. Further information for those submitting written evidence is given in the notes below.

The Committee expects to hear oral evidence from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, for this inquiry in the Autumn. Further details will be announced in due course.


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

2. 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 is 3.00 pm on Wednesday 11 October 2006. 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:

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