Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

20 February 2007

Global Security: the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold the first oral evidence session of its inquiry into Global Security.

Wednesday 28 February

2.30pm Simon Macdonald (Director, Iraq) and Dr Peter Gooderham (Director, Middle East & North Africa) Foreign and Commonwealth Office

3.30pm Dr Rosemary Hollis, Director of Research, Chatham House and Dr Nomi Bar-Yaacov, independent analyst.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. Members of the public are welcome to attend and should confirm the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office 020 7219 4272 on the day before the meeting.

The Committee welcomes written memoranda for this inquiry. Interested parties should submit their evidence either in hard copy to the above address or, preferably, by e-mail to: [email protected] indicating clearly the sender's name and address. If you have any questions about the session or on the submission of evidence, please contact the Committee Specialist on: 020 7219 3613.

Further Information:

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The membership of the Committee is as follows: Mike Gapes (Chairman), Labour, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Mr 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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