Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry Page - Provision of Cross-Border Services for Wales

Memoranda submitted so far to the Committee on this Inquiry.

Date the inquiry was announced: 6 November 2007

The Welsh Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry examining the provision of cross-border services for Wales. The Committee intends to proceed with the inquiry in Spring 2008 and will examine the coordination, effectiveness  and funding arrangements of cross-border provision of public services. It is the Committee’s intention to focus on the provision of education, health, transport, civil service employment and broadcasting.

The Committee’s inquiry will focus in the first instance on cross-border issues as they affect

• Health and social care;

• Further and higher education; and

• Transport

Subsequently the inquiry may take evidence on other cross-border issues.

The Committee will begin taking evidence in March and will first examine cross-border provision in the field of health and social care.


The Committee’s inquiry will include an examination of

• the extent to which cross-border public services are currently provided for and accessed by the Welsh population;

• the arrangements currently in place to co-ordinate cross-border public service provision; and

• the funding of cross-border public services.

Dr. Hywel Francis, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, said:

“As a consequence of devolution and constitutional change over the last ten years, we have seen policy divergence in the delivery of public services across the UK, often leading to distinct and contradictory provision. Taking account of this, and the impact it has on those seeking access to health, education and transport services, my Committee would welcome written evidence commenting on the way in which public services are co-ordinated and funded across the Welsh-English border. The Committee would also be interested to receive evidence based on international comparisons of cross-border public service provision.”


First Report of Session 2008-09 on Cross-border provision of public services for Wales: Further and higher education (HC 57)

The Committee has published its 6th Report/Interim on The Provision of Cross-Border Health Services.


The Government Response to the Welsh Affairs Committee interim report on the provision of cross-border health services for Wales was published on 26 January 2009 as a command paper (Cm 7531).  Please click on the link:   http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm75/7531/7531.pdf



Tuesday 24 February 2009

Palace of Westminster

10.30 am

Birmingham Airport;

Liverpool Airport

Tuesday 9 December 2008 (uncorrected) HC 58-i
Transport Issues
Oral evidence from Cardiff International Airport; Martin Evans, University of Glamorgan; and Manchester Airport.

Tuesday 25 November 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401 -xvi
Transport Issues
Oral evidence from ASLEF, RMT; and  Freight Transport Association

Tuesday 18 November 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401 -xv
Transport Issues
Oral evidence from Lord Andrew Adonis, Minister of State, Department for Transport and; Network Rail

Tuesday 11 November 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401 -xiv
Transport Issues
Oral evidence from Virgin Trains; Arriva; First Great Western and;  Ian Johnston CBE, DL, QPM, Chief Constable, British Transport Police

Tuesday 4 November 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-xiii
Transport Issues
Oral evidence from Mersey Dee Alliance; SEWTA; Passenger Focus and; Community Transport Association


Tuesday 7 October 2008 (uncorrected)HC 401-xii
Education Issues
Oral evidence from CBI Wales; and Airbus

Tuesday 15 July 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-xi
Education Issues
Oral evidence from Bill Rammell, Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; Professor Teresa Rees (Chair of the Rees Review of HE); Professor Michael Scott (Principal of NEWI) and Prof Wyn Jones, Harper Adams University College

Tuesday 8 July 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-x
Education Issues
Oral evidence from Alliance of Sector Skills Councils; and Research Councils UK

Tuesday 24 June 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-ix
Education Issues
Oral evidence from Higher Education Wales and; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Tuesday 17 June 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-viii
Education Issues
Oral evidence from Deeside College and West Cheshire College; and Fforwm, Powys College and Gwent College

Thursday 12 June 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-vii
Oral evidence from Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister, Welsh Assembly Government


Tuesday 3 June 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-vi
Health Issues
Oral evidence from Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister of State for Health Services, Department of Health

Tuesday 13 May 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-v
Mid-Wales Perspective
Oral evidence from John Howard, Chief Officer, Montgomery Community Health Council and Bryn Williams, Chief Officer, Brecknock & Radnor Community Health Council; and Powys Local Health Board.

Tuesday 29 April 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-iv
Health Issues
Oral evidence from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and;  the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic & District Hospital NHS Trust, Gobowen

Monday 31 March 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-iii

The Committee held an evidence session at the Suites Hotel, Knowsley, Liverpool.

Oral evidence from Mel Pickup, Chief Executive, Ken Hoskisson, Chairman, Dr Peter Enevoldson, Medical Director, and Christopher Harrop, Director of Finance, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust;  Andrew Gunnion, Chief Executive, Flintshire Local Health Board, and Geoff Lang, Chief Executive, Wrexham Local Health Board;  and Gail Roberts, Chief Officer, Jeff Lansdell, Patient Complaints Advocate, Clwyd Community Health Council, and Councillor John MacLennan, Chairman, Conwy East Community Health Council.

The Committee also visited the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the afternoon.

Tuesday 18 March 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-ii
Health Issues
Oral evidence from Tom Taylor CEO, Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Hospital Trust; and Jo Webber, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation, and Mike Ponton,  Director, NHS Wales Confederation

Tuesday 4 March 2008 (uncorrected) HC 401-i
Overview of the inquiry
Oral evidence from Professor Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh; and Anthony Priddis, The Rt Revd the Bishop of Hereford; Dominic Walker, The Rt Revd the Bishop of Monmouth


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