Foreign Affairs Committee: Inquiry

Global Security: Iran

On 26 March 2007, the Foreign Affairs Committee announced a new inquiry called 'Global Security: Iran'. During this inquiry the Committee examined the foreign policy aspects of the United Kingdom's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, with particular reference to Iran's nuclear programme.

The Committee's Report on Global Security: Iran was published on 2 March 2008 and the Government Response was published in May 2008 ( Cm 7361). The Report and the Government's response was debated in Westminster Hall on 9 July 2009.

Memoranda received

Session 2007-08

Session 2006-07

Evidence sessions held: (All transcripts can be found within the report Global Security: Iran)

Wednesday 2 May 2007: Dr Rosemary Hollis (Director of Research, Chatham House) and Sir Richard Dalton KCMG (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iran).

Wednesday 23 May 2007: Dr Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews; Dr Frank Barnaby, Oxford Research Group; Lord Triesman of Tottenham, Minister of State; and Neil Crompton, Iran Coordinator, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Wednesday 4 July 2007: Lord Archer of Sandwell.

Wednesday 28 November 2007: Dr Kim Howells MP, Minister of State; Anthony Phillipson and Paul Arkwright, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were as follows:

€ the extent of the progress Iran has made on nuclear development;

€ the relationship between Iran's domestic political and human rights situation, and its nuclear ambitions;

€ the relationship between Iran's regional and international security situation and its nuclear ambitions;

€ the regional and global security implications of Iran's nuclear programme;

€ the history of international engagement with Iran over nuclear non-proliferation, in particular the role of the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations; and

€ the options open to the international community in addressing the possibility of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, and the implications of these options for regional and global security, nuclear proliferation and energy security.

Iran's role in the wider Middle East was considered in the Committee's report, Global Security: The Middle East.