Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

17 January 2008

OVERSEAS TERRITORIES: ANNOUNCEMENT OF ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold its second evidence session of the inquiry into the Overseas Territories on Wednesday 23 January at 3.00pm.

The Committee is considering the exercise by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of its responsibilities in relation to the Overseas Territories and the FCO's achievements against its Strategic Priority No. 10, the security and good governance of the Overseas Territories (please see Press Release PN 31 (06-07), dated 5 July 2007 for the terms of reference).

In this evidence session the Committee will hear the evidence on the current situation of the Chagossian population forcibly removed from the British Indian Ocean Territory in the 1960s.

Wednesday 23 January 2008

3.00 pm Mr Louis Olivier Bancoult, leader, Chagos Refugee Groups, and Mr Richard Gifford, Sheridans Solicitors.

The meeting will take place in the Grimond 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]

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, 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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