The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities | Lords COVID-19 Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Wednesday 30th June 2021
The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MOD’s Ancillary Services | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 27th June 2021
Space Defence | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 1st July 2021
Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill | Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 5th July 2021
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Responding to a select committee is an easy way to get your feet on the pathway to policy influence and impact.
Below are the most recently opened inquiries. There will be other inquiries accepting evidence too – all inquiries currently accepting evidence are here .
The Myanmar Crisis | Foreign Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Tuesday 18 May 2021
Pension stewardship and COP26 | Work and Pensions Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 18 June 2021
An Equal Recovery | Treasury Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 28 June 2021
Overview of costs in the English rail system | Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 6 May 2021
Liberty Steel and the Future of the UK Steel Industry |Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 14 May 2021
The Navy: purpose and procurement | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 30 May 2021
Women in Prison | Justice Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 7 June 2021
Implementing the Integrated Review in Nigeria | Foreign Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 7 June 2021
UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure | Science and Technology Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Wednesday 23 June 2021
Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invite to give oral evidence. Your submission will be published on the Committee webpage. Your insights may inform the Committee’s conclusions or recommendations it makes to the Government. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament here. And find more on engagement for impact here.
More information: all inquiries currently accepting evidence are found here
Support resources: find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page
Support: Please engage with BU’s policy team before submitting evidence to a select committee. We can provide guidance and templates for colleagues who are new to responding to inquiries and we read through a substantial draft before all colleagues submit their response. Contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Treasury Committee have launched a new inquiry – An Equal Recovery.
The inquiry will examine different forms of inequality that have emerged or that may have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, and what HM Treasury can do to mitigate them. The inquiry will focus on disability, gender, race, regional imbalances, and intergenerational inequality, including housing.
They’re also interested to hear what measures to combat inequality the Treasury could consider when making departmental budget allocations.
You can read the call for evidence here: https://bit.ly/2PBjqPG
The deadline to respond is 28 June 2021.
Please inform Jane and Sarah within the policy team if you intend to respond to this call for evidence.
The Commons Science and Technology Committee has opened a new inquiry into UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure and has invited written evidence by 24 June.
Here are the terms of reference:
- What are the prospects for the UK’s global position as a space nation, individually and through international partnerships;
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current UK space sector and research and innovation base;
- What lessons can be learned from the successes and failures of previous space strategies for the UK and the space strategies of other countries;
- What should be the aims and focus of a new UK Space Strategy, including considerations of:
- skills and diversity;
- research funding, investment and economic growth;
- civil and defence applications;
- international considerations and partnerships;
- current regulatory and legislative frameworks and impact on UK launch potential; and
- impacts of low Earth orbit satellites on research activities.
What needs to be done to ensure the UK has appropriate, resilient and future-proofed space and satellite infrastructure for applications including:
- navigation systems;
- weather forecasting;
- earth observation including climate change; and
- communication (including broadband).
Contact the policy team (email@example.com) if you wish to provide written evidence to this inquiry.
Colleagues may be interested in responding to a new Home Affairs Committee inquiry into violence against women and girls.
The inquiry will look at how violence against women and girls is being addressed. The Committee will use information from this call for evidence to inform its future programme of work on this issue. The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Tuesday 11 May 2021. You can submit evidence here – please engage with the policy team before submitting to an inquiry.
The Committee invites evidence on the following points, to inform development of its future programme:
How VAWG affects women and girls. This may include:
- Information on different forms and experiences of VAWG – for example rape, sexual harassment and abuse, domestic abuse, coercive control, street and online harassment, stalking, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of violence and abuse – and the differences between addressing VAWG in the public and private spheres;
- How VAWG has changed and how issues relating to VAWG are affected by modern technology, for example the use of social media and online dating sites, sexting, revenge porn and the accessibility of explicit pornography;
- How VAWG affects young women and girls including in school and education institutions, in public places and online;
- How VAWG affects particular groups, such as migrant women, sex workers or women with protected characteristics;
- The prevalence and effect of honour-based violence and other practices that may affect minority groups such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage;
- How sexual violence is being normalised within relationships, including strangulation, and the influence of extreme or violent pornography;
- How organisations that women and girls turn to for support and help engage with issues relating to VAWG and their role in tackling and preventing it.
How VAWG should be prevented and addressed. This may include:
- The role information and education for both men and women play in protecting women and girls;
- Whether there is sufficient and appropriate support available for victims;
- What measures should be in place for perpetrators;
- The role of organisations and institutions including the police and criminal justice system, schools, colleges and education institutions, employers and trade unions, social media companies, local community and specialist services;
- What lessons should be learnt from the 2016-2020 Ending Violence against Women and Girls strategy when developing the Government’s 2021-2024 strategy;
- How current Bills, such as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Domestic Abuse Bill and other recent legislation that has been introduced can address, or have addressed, the issue of VAWG; and
- Steps towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention.
Chair of the Home Affairs Committee Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP said: “Women across the country have been speaking out about their experiences of violence, abuse, stalking, and feeling unsafe – be it on our streets, in schools or at home. Everyone agrees that violence against women and girls is abhorrent, yet far too little has changed in practice to improve women’s safety and in some areas things have got worse. This inquiry will examine the many forms that violence against women and girls takes in our society, what action is being taken to end the scourge of violence against women and girls, and how it is currently being addressed by Government, the police and the criminal justice system.”
Select Committee Inquiries launched since 8 March 2021:
SHORT DEADLINE: Policing and organisation of vigils relating to the safety of women in public places | Home Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 21st March 2021
Children’s Homes | Education Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 23rd April 2021
Renewable energy in Scotland | Scottish Affairs Committee |Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 14th May 2021
Legislative Scrutiny: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill | Human Rights (Joint Committee) Deadline for evidence submission: Saturday 15th May 2021
Covid-19 and the criminal law | Justice Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 9th April 2021
Local government and the path to net zero | Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 30th April 2021
Tech and the future of UK foreign policy | Foreign Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Tuesday 11th May 2021
- Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invite to give oral evidence. Your submission will be published on the Committee webpage. Your insights may inform the Committee’s conclusions or recommendations it makes to the Government. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament here. And find more on engagement for impact here.
- More information: all inquiries currently accepting evidence are found here.
- Support: Please engage with BU’s policy team before submitting evidence to a select committee. We can provide guidance and templates for colleagues who are new to responding to inquiries and we read through a substantial draft before all colleagues submit their response. Contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Defence Committee are particularly keen for academics to contribute to their inquiry into Women in the Armed Forces
The inquiry focuses on the experiences of Women in the Armed Forces, from recruitment through to employment, and (for those who leave) their transition to civilian life.
The Committee is currently accepting written evidence submissions for this inquiry and would like to boost participation in this, especially from academics. Individuals and organisations are able submit written evidence here, until 31 January 2021. Please get in touch with the BU policy team if you are considering replying to this inquiry.
There are options for colleagues who wish to submit evidence in a personal capacity or anonymously – again talk to Jane or Sarah within the policy team so we can support you.