Calls for evidence and consultations

H&P's historians frequently respond to calls for evidence and consultations, and our Public Affairs Office can help with this. Please get in touch with either Fiona Holland (fiona.holland@kcl.ac.uk) or Mel Porter (mel.porter@kcl.ac.uk) for more information.

The census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales

Lucy Delap and Simon Szreter
December 2013

In Nov 2013, H&P founder Simon Szreter and current director Lucy Delap contributed a response to the Office for National Statistics's consultation on the Future of the Census. The submission reflects on the lack of historical perspective on the uses and development of the census in the original ONS consultation document, and calls for a much more historically sensitive account of the census to inform debates about its future.

Read The census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales report [pdf 135kb]

Ready for Ageing?

Pat Thane
March 2013

The Ready for Ageing? report, published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, draws extensively on evidence from H&P co-founder Pat Thane, of the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London. Reflecting her evidence about the positive contributions of older people to British society, the report calls for present-day attitudes viewing the elderly as a 'burden' should be challenged, and government policy radically reformed to respond to challenging demographic trends.

Read the Ready for Ageing? report [pdf 1.73MB]

See also: Pat Thane's H&P paper, The work-life balance in an ageing society

Special Advisers

Andrew Blick
June 2012

On 12 June, Andrew Blick, of the Institute of Contemporary British History, gave oral evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee about the history of special advisers in government. He said that past attempts to distinguish between specialist and political advisers had failed, due to the degree of the overlap between these groups. Dr Blick explained that the limit of two special advisers per Cabinet Minister was brought in by Harold Wilson in 1974 to prevent Tony Benn from recruiting a third, who Wilson did not like. It has remained unchanged ever since.

Watch Andrew Blick give evidence to the: Public Administration Select Committee (begins at 1:03)

Read the uncorrected transcript of Andrew Blick's evidence

Read Andrew Blick's written evidence (for Democratic Audit)

HIV/AIDS

Virginia Berridge
March 2011

In evidence submitted to the House of Lords Select Committee on HIV/AIDS, H&P co-founder Professor Virginia Berridge analyses the initial response to HIV/AIDS in the UK from the early 1980s to the early 1990s - and the way in which policymakers learned from past failures and avoided stigmatising groups, or unsuccessful focus on abstinence.

Read Virginia Berridge's memorandum, starting at p32. [pdf file, 3,634KB]

For more information about the committee's inquiry, see the UK parliament website.

Social Care

Pat Thane
December 2009

In evidence submitted to the House of Commons' Health Committee inquiry into social care, H&P co-founder Professor Pat Thane explains the history of financing health and social care and argues that the post-1948 separation of health from social care continues to cause problems.

Read Pat Thane's memorandum. [pdf file, 109KB]

For more information about the committee's inquiry, see the UK parliament website.

Abortion Act 1967

Lesley A. Hall
August 2007

Lesley A. Hall of the Wellcome Library submitted a historical memorandum to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the Abortion Act 1967 [pdf file, 58KB]. For further information about the inquiry see the parliament website.

Waste Strategy for England

Tim Cooper
December 2007

We publish historical evidence on the government's Waste Strategy for England, by Tim Cooper of Exeter University. Read Tim Cooper's memorandum [pdf file, 89KB]. This was submitted to the current Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Inquiry. For more information see the Committee's website.

Personal carbon allowances

Mark Roodhouse
August 2007

Mark Roodhouse of the University of York submitted a memorandum [pdf file, 77KB] to the Environmental Audit Select Committee inquiry into personal carbon allowances. For further information about the inquiry see the parliament website.

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Public and patient involvement in the NHS

Martin Gorsky
January 2007

Martin Gorsky of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine submitted a memorandum [pdf file, 113KB] to the House of Commons Health Committee inquiry into Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS. For further information about the inquiry see the parliament website.

See also: Martin Gorsky, Hospital governance and community involvement in Britain: evidence from before the National Health Service.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: ten years on

Forrest Capie and Geoffrey Wood
January 2007

Forrest Capie and Geoffrey Wood of the Cass Business School at City University submitted a History & Policy memorandum [pdf file, 92KB] to this House of Commons Treasury Committee inquiry. For further information about the inquiry see the Parliament website.

Pension Reform

Hugh Pemberton, Pat Thane and Noel Whiteside
June 2006

History & Policy contributors Hugh Pemberton, Pat Thane and Noel Whiteside submitted a historical memorandum [pdf file, 136KB] to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on pension reform. Their evidence was mentioned in the committee's final report.

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