28 March 2008
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INQUIRY:
FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE HUMAN RIGHTS ANNUAL REPORT 2007
The Foreign Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights Annual Report 2007. The Committee will confirm details of its oral evidence sessions for this inquiry in due course.
The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by
Tuesday 22 April 2008. If you have any questions about the inquiry or on the submission of evidence, please contact the Committee Specialist on: 020 7219 3613.
Each submission should:
Aim to be no more than 3.000 words in length;
Begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
State the title of the Inquiry
have numbered paragraphs and;
Be in Word format with as little use of colour/ logos as possible.
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked ‘Human Rights Inquiry’. Paper copies should be sent to:
Foreign Affairs Select Committee
House of Commons
You will receive a confirmation of receipt e-mail or letter.
It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm
Please note that:
Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised.
Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
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]
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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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