Press Notice 8, Session 2005-06

AFGHANISTAN: DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
FOLLOW- UP EVIDENCE SESSION

Tuesday 13 December 2005, Location to be confirmed (Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House)

At 10.30am:  NGO witnesses

At 11.30am: DFID/HMG officials 

Full details of witnesses will be given nearer the time.

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In January 2003, the International Development Committee published its report   Afghanistan: The Transition from Humanitarian Relief to Reconstruction and Development Assistance (1st Report of Session 2002-03, HC 84): http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmintdev/84/84.pdf.

The purpose of this session is to follow-up the issues raised in the Committee’s earlier report and to question DFID/HMG officials and other witnesses on the current situation with respect to development activities in Afghanistan.

Submission of written evidence

Organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise are invited to submit written evidence. Evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by Friday 2 December 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]

Please note that start 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).

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