19 March/For immediate release

Inquiry into Ports in Wales

Terms of reference

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry to examine:

• The policy framework for the development of Welsh ports, including co-operation and co-ordination between the UK Government and the Welsh Assembly Government.

• The contribution of Welsh ports to their local economies, including:

• The potential to increase the scale and range of trade with other countries;

• The potential to increase freight movements through Welsh ports and the adequacy of the transport infrastructure linking ports to their hinterlands and markets, including those outside Wales;

• The development of tourism and the potential for attracting cruise ships to Welsh ports.

• The adequacy of security and policing provision at Welsh ports.

The Welsh Affairs Committee welcomes written submissions on this subject, which should be received by 1 May 2009. If you wish to submit written evidence, please send it to the following address -

by email: welshcom@parliament.uk

or by mail: Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA

Guidance on the submission of written evidence can be found at the end of this press notice.

The Committee also expects to hear formal oral evidence in this inquiry, and will announce details of this as soon as the programme has been agreed.


Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format- not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to welshcom@parliament.uk.. 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 4pm on Friday 1 May 2009. Submissions should be no longer than 2000 words.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. 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.