Press Notice 6, Session 2005-06

Call for evidence

The International Development Committee will take oral evidence on Tuesday 22 November 2005 on:

DELIVERING THE GOODS: HIV/AIDS AND THE PROVISION OF ANTI-RETROVIRALS.

A further press notice will be issued in due course providing details of witnesses, time and location of the oral evidence session.

The session will focus on the following areas:

  Addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic: what are the priorities in 2006?
- Progress on achieving target 7 within the 6th MDG
- The delivery of ARVs in resource-poor settings
- Gaps in treatment: children and other vulnerable groups
- Prevention and treatment: achieving a balance

  International targets for ARV provision
- Lessons learnt from the WHO 3x5 initiative
- The G8 commitment to universal ARV provision by 2010
- UNAIDS strategy to achieve the 2010 goal, including DFID's role

  The UK contribution 
- DFID policy and practice on HIV/AIDS: the implementation of "Taking Action"
- Accountability and monitoring
- Policy coherence on HIV/AIDS across Whitehall

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Submission of written evidence

Organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise - especially those from developing countries - are invited to submit written evidence addressing the themes listed above. Evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by Tuesday 8th November 2005.  The Committee does not intend to produce a report, but will publish the transcript of the evidence session alongside a selection of relevant written submissions.

Evidence submitted should:

- if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail;

- the letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details;
- any memorandum of more than six pages should begin with a one page summary;
- have numbered paragraphs;
- and avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material;
- further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm;

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. Submissions can be sent via [email protected] or, by post, to International Development Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, either by printing the written evidence alongside the oral evidence or by making the evidence 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.

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. 

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Detailed enquiries to Hannah Weston, Second Clerk of the Committee on 020 7219 0851 or [email protected]

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Please note that starting times of evidence sessions may be subject to late changes. Those wishing to attend either of these sessions should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing, or please have a look at the ‘Future meetings’ section of our website, nearer the day of the meeting.

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Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

Media Enquiries: Jessica Bridges-Palmer, 020 7219 0718 or [email protected]

Committee website: www.parliament.uk/indcom

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Publications/Reports/Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge Street, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845  7023474)