Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

17 July 2009


Global Security: UK-US Relations

The Foreign Affairs Committee has decided to inquire into the relationship between the UK and the US and the implications this has on UK foreign policy. The Committee would welcome views on the following issues:

  • the basis of the bilateral relationship between the UK and US;
  • UK and US views on the nature and value of the bilateral relationship and the contribution of the UK-US foreign policy relationship to global security;
  • the extent to which UK and US interests align in key foreign policy related areas including security, defence, and intelligence co-operation;
  • the extent to which the UK is able to influence US foreign policy and UK policy is influenced by the US under the Obama administration;
  • the extent to which " the special relationship" still exists and the factors which determine this; and
  • the implications of any changes in the nature of the bilateral relationship for British foreign policy.

Interested groups or individuals should submit their views in writing. Written submissions should be received by the Committee by 24 September 2009.

Information on submitting evidence

Each submission should contain the following information:

  • a short summary in bullet point form;
  • a brief introduction about the person submitting evidence, perhaps explaining their area of expertise;
  • any factual information from which the committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses; and
  • any recommendations for action by the Government or others which the submitter would like the committee to consider for inclusion in its report to the House.

Each submission should use:

  • numbered paragraphs, and
  • MS Word format with as little use of colour/ logos as possible.

Please send submissions as an e-mail attachment to [email protected] and head your email 'Global Security: UK-US relations Inquiry'. Paper copies may be sent to Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail or letter.

For further information please contact Ad¨le Brown on 020 7219 3613 or by email to [email protected].

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

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.

Further Information:

1. The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the "expenditure, administration 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

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, Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrats, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Rt Hon 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

Specific Committee Information: Tel: 020 7219 6394; email: [email protected],

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589, or 07917 488488, or by email to: [email protected]