Press Notice 38, Session 2005-06

IDC report on HIV/AIDS and anti-retrovirals to be debated by the House of Commons

The International Development Select Committee's 2005 report 'Delivering the goods: HIV/AIDS and the provision of anti-retrovirals' argued that the Department for International Development has a key role to play in driving through international commitments to provide HIV treatment for all by 2010. It emphasized the importance of joined-up working on HIV/AIDS across Whitehall, and between DFID's UK and country programmes.

The report will be the focus of a parliamentary debate on Thursday 11 May at 2.30 pm in Westminster Hall.

International Development Committee Chair Malcolm Bruce MP, said:

"In July 2005 at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, the international community made a commitment to achieve as close as possible to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by 2010. This debate will be an opportunity for the House of Commons to scrutinise the role which the government is playing in holding the international community to account for this Commitment."

Notes for Editors:

1.The debate will take place on Thursday 11 May at 2.30 pm in the Committee Room No. 10, is open to the public and will also be Webcast live ( www.parliamentlive.tv).

2. The Committee Report that will be the subject of the debate was published in December 2005. Full details can be found online at

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmselect/cmintdev/708/70802.htm

The Government's response to this Report, published in March 2006, is available online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmselect/cmintdev/922/92202.htm

3. 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).

4. For further information contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer, Media Officer 020 7219 0718. Detailed enquiries to Hannah Weston, Second Clerk, on 020 7219 0851 or [email protected]