Press Notice 42, Session 2002-03

Trade and Development at the WTO:

After Cancún

The International Development Committee published its Report [HC 400-I] on "Trade and Development at the WTO: Issues for Cancún" on 14 July 2003. The WTO held its 5th Ministerial meeting in Cancún from 10-14 September.

The Committee intends to produce a report about the outcomes of the WTO's Cancún meeting. There will be two evidence sessions. On Thursday 16 October, evidence will be taken from Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development, and The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at 3.15 p.m., and on Tuesday 28 October evidence will be taken from NGOs at 2.30 p.m., and other witnesses to be confirmed.

The evidence sessions will take place in the Palace of Westminster. Those wishing to attend should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing.

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Written submissions:

Organisations with relevant expertise and experience - and especially organisations from developing countries - are invited to make written submissions to the Committee, to reach the Clerk of the Committee by Friday 3 October 2003.

Any memorandum of more than six pages should include a summary at the front. Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee and may be published. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text Format, either by email to [email protected] or on a disk to the address above.  When submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail.

Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

Detailed enquiries to Alan Hudson, Committee Specialist, on 020 7219 1522.

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Reports and press notices issued by the International Development Committee are available on the Parliamentary website: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/international_development.cfm

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative, Banbury), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh West), Mr John Battle (Labour, Leeds West), Hugh Bayley (Labour, City of York), Alistair Burt (Conservative, North East Bedfordshire), Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley), Mr Tony Colman (Labour, Putney), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour, Ealing, Southall), Chris McCafferty (Labour, Calder Valley), Mr Robert Walter (Conservative, North Dorset) and  Tony Worthington (Labour, Clydebank and Milngavie).