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News Release, PN No. 7, 2006-07


Committee Office, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson 020 7219 1589

2 March 2007

ORAL EVIDENCE FROM GARETH THOMAS MP, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2007

The session will focus on the effectiveness of the Special Framework of Assistance for Traditional Suppliers of Bananas (SFA), which €” with preferential trading arrangements due to end in 2006 €” was devised by the European Commission in 1999 with the aim of either improving the competitiveness of traditional Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) banana production or facilitating diversification into other goods and services.

This evidence session will take place in public at 2.30pm in Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster.

For more information please contact Alex Paterson (Contact details above).

Note for Editors

The European Scrutiny Committee reports to the House on the legal and political importance of each EU document and recommends EU documents for debate. Such debates take place either in a European Standing Committee or on the Floor of the House. The Committee normally reports weekly on a range of documents when the House is sitting.

The Committee has 16 Members, as follows: Michael Connarty MP (Chairman), Labour, Richard Bacon MP, Conservative, David Borrow MP, Labour, William Cash MP, Conservative, James Clappison MP, Conservative, Katy Clark MP, Labour, Wayne David MP, Labour, Jim Dobbin MP, Labour/Co-op, Nia Griffith MP, Labour, David Hamilton MP, Labour, David Heathcoat-Amory MP, Conservative, Jimmy Hood MP, Labour , Lindsay Hoyle MP, Labour, Angus Robertson MP, SNP, Anthony Steen MP, Conservative, Richard Younger Ross MP, Lib Dem

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