Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

29 November 2007

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EU

Oral Evidence Session Wednesday 5 December 2007:

Foreign Policy Aspects of the EU Reform Treaty

The Foreign Affairs Committee is holding an evidence session for its inquiry into Developments in the EU.  This session will focus on the Foreign Policy Aspects of the EU Reform Treaty, which, as announced in Press Notice 8 (Session 2007-08), is the topic of a report currently under preparation.

The EU Reform Treaty is expected to be signed by EU Member States on 13 December 2007 in Lisbon. The Committee intends that its Report will help to inform the House before Parliamentary consideration of the associated Government bill.

Wednesday 5 December 2007

3.00pm Rt Hon the Lord Owen, CH  (MP for Plymouth Sutton 1966-74 and Plymouth Devonport 1974-92; Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1977-79)

The meeting will take place in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

Media enquiries:

Members of the press with enquiries should contact Alex Paterson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589, or  07917 488488, or by email to [email protected]

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  Further Information:

1. The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the “administration, expenditure and policy” of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated agencies. The text of all Committee publications, including Reports, can be found on the Committee’s website at www.parliament.uk/facom

2. Committee meetings are open to the public. Access is via St Stephen's Entrance for the House of Commons Committee Rooms and the main entrance on the Thames Embankment for Portcullis House Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 10 minutes to pass through security checks. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in the Committee Rooms.

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Mike Gapes (Chairman), Labour, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory, Conservative, Mr John Horam, Conservative, Mr Eric Illsley, Labour, Mr Paul Keetch, Liberal Democrats, Andrew Mackinlay, Labour, Mr Malcolm Moss, Conservative, Sandra Osborne, Labour, Mr Greg Pope, Labour, Mr Ken Purchase, Labour, Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Conservative, Ms Gisela Stuart, Labour, Richard Younger-Ross, Liberal Democrats.

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