APPENDIX 3: Call for Evidence
The Joint Committee invites interested organisations
and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry
into the Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill. Submissions,
reflecting the guidance on written evidence given in this press
notice, should reach the Committee as soon as possible and must
be submitted by Thursday 3 March 2005 at the latest. The earlier
written evidence is submitted the easier it will be for the Committee
to consider it.
Scope of the Committee's inquiry
The Joint Committee expects to concentrate its inquiry
on the following themes:
(1) Whether the proposed contact provisions,
including enforcement, are appropriate and proportionate.
(2) Whether the proposed contact provisions,
including enforcement, are workable.
(3) Whether the proposed contact provisions,
including enforcement, are sufficient.
(4) Whether the proposed adoption provisions
are necessary, workable and proportionate.
(5) Whether the draft Bill's proposed outcomes
could be achieved through better means.
The Committee cannot investigate individual cases.
All written evidence should be submitted to the Joint
Committee no later than Thursday 3 March 2005. Given the
limited time available for the submission of evidence and for
the completion of the Committee's work, written evidence should
be short and should concentrate on the major issues arising from
the draft Bill. Please draft your comments in order of how the
clauses appear in the draft Bill. Witnesses should feel free to
cover only those aspects of the draft Bill in which they are particularly
Written evidence should contain, if appropriate,
a brief introduction to the persons or organisations submitting
it. Submissions should take the form of a memorandum and should
have numbered paragraphs. Submissions should not exceed 1500
words in length. Unless submissions are very short, they should
be accompanied by a summary. Submissions may be accompanied by
background material (perhaps already published elsewhere), which
will not be reprinted by the Joint Committee.
We wish to receive written evidence, if possible,
in MS Word or rich text format, by e-mail to email@example.com.
A single hard copy (single-sided, unbound) should also be sent
to Scrutiny Unit, House of Commons SW1A 0AA. If you would find
it difficult to submit evidence in this way, please do not hesitate
to contact us to discuss alternatives.
10 February 2005