Foreign Affairs Committee

Session 2002-2003:  Friday 13th December 2002




Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice

The Foreign Affairs Committee has resolved further to consider FCO travel advice as part of its ongoing inquiry into Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism, following the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee on intelligence assessments and advice prior to the Bali bombings and the Foreign Secretary's statement in the House of Commons on 11 December.  The Committee will build on the work on travel advice by its predecessors in previous Parliaments, on its own work on crisis preparedness and the events in Bali in its recent Report on the FCO's Annual Report, and on oral evidence on the Bali bombings already heard from the Foreign Secretary.

The remit of the Foreign Affairs Committee is to inquire into the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated public bodies.  Parliamentary scrutiny of FCO travel advice thus falls squarely within its responsibilities.

The Committee will include conclusions and recommendations on FCO travel advice in its forthcoming Report on Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism and in subsequent such Reports.

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested parties on this matter. These should be received by Monday 27th January 2003, either in hard copy to the above address or, preferably, by e-mail to [email protected] , with a clear indication of the originator's name and address.