Foreign Affairs Committee

16 January 2007


Announcement of evidence session - South Asia

The Committee will hear oral evidence from the following witnesses in relation to its inquiry into South Asia:

€ Dr Matthew Nelson, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS);

€ Dr Gareth Price, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House; and

€ Michael Griffin, journalist and author of "Reaping the Whirlwind: the Taliban Movement in Afghanistan".

The evidence session will be held on Wednesday 31 January at 2.30pm in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.

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Membership of the Committee:

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) Lab, Chairman
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Rt Hon Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells) Con
Mr John Horam (Orpington) Con
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford) Lib Dem
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab
Mr Malcolm Moss, (North East Cambridgeshire), Con
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge) Lib Dem

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