Welsh Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2006-07

17 November 2006

Press Notice No 1



The Welsh Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into Globalisation and its impact on Wales. This major inquiry will focus principally on four main themes: employment, population, food and broadcasting. The Committee will begin taking oral evidence in January and will announce its programme of hearings shortly. The Committee welcomes written evidence now from interested parties on all or any of the four main aspects of this inquiry, as follows -

1. Employment:

The relocation of jobs; the implications of EU enlargement for employment prospects in Wales; the impact of eastern and southern Asia on manufacturing and service industries in Wales; skills shortage and how it can be addressed, internally and externally.

2. Population and population movement:

Demographic change in Wales and its implications for the personal care of senior citizens; the balance between urban and rural communities in the context of the Wales Spatial Plan; migration flows.

3. Food production and supply:

Food production; the role of the major supermarkets, their supply chains and the operation of the voluntary code of practice; public sector food procurement; local sourcing.

4. Broadcasting and the creative industries:

The changing nature of public service and independent broadcasting in Wales; the end of analogue; the growth of local radio stations; Welsh language and other minority language provision; coverage; changes to viewing and listening patterns; employment in the creative industries in Wales; and lessons from other parts of the world.

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above, to arrive no later than Monday 8 January 2007. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e mail to welshcom@parliament.uk or on a disk. If submitted by e mail or an e mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e mail. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Witnesses should be aware that once written evidence has been submitted to the Committee it is treated as the property of the Committee. It is the Committee's intention to place written papers on its website, and may subsequently be printed with the report.

Membership of the Committee: Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Albert Owen MP, Jessica Morden MP, Mark Williams MP, Hywel Williams MP