FAC PN 03 (04-05)

Foreign Affairs Committee

Evidence Session

Human Rights Annual Report 2004

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold the following public evidence sessions as part of its inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Annual Report 2004. The dates and witnesses appearing before the Committee are as follows:

Tuesday 21 December 2004  in Committee Room 15

At 3.00 pm:

Oral evidence from Miss Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director; and Mr Steve Crawshaw, London Director, Human Rights Watch.

Tuesday 11 January 2005  in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 3.00 pm:

Oral evidence from Bill Rammell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and officials, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Notes to Editors:

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: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/foreign_affairs_committee.cfm

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Membership of the Committee 

Rt Hon Donald Anderson (Swansea-East) Lab, Chairman
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh) Lib Dem
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Rt Hon Andrew Mackay (Bracknell) Con
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon) Con
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab

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