Foreign Affairs Committee: Inquiry

South Asia

On 21 July 2006 the Foreign Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into South Asia. The Committee inquired into:

  • Political and economic developments in India and its growing importance.

  • Relations between India and Pakistan, and the question of Kashmir.

  • India's role in the region and its links with its neighbours.

  • India's contribution to the international system, including to the United Nations and other multilateral fora, such as the non-proliferation regimes.

  • the roles of the United Kingdom and the European Union in South Asia.

Evidence sesions held:

Monday 20 November 2006: Rahul Roy-Chaudhury (International Institute of Strategic Studies), Dr Gareth Price (Chatham House) and Dr Chris Smith (Chatham House). The transcript is available on the 'Reports and Publications' section of the Committee's home page.

Wednesday 22 November 2006: Professor Lord Desai (retired professor of London School of Economics), Martin Wolf (Financial Times), Victoria Schofield (author and journalist), and Professor Sumantra Bose (London School of Economics). The transcript is available on the 'Reports and Publications' section of the Committee's home page.

Tuesday 23 January 2007: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP (Secretary of State), Richard Codrington (Head of Afghan Group), and Antony Stokes (Head of South Asia Group).

Wednesday 31 January 2007: Mr Michael Griffin (journalist and author), Dr Matthew Nelson (School of Oriental and African Studies), and Dr Gareth Price (Chatham House).

The report was published on Friday 4 May 2007. The Government Response was published in July 2007.