Press Notice 54, Session 2005-06

Evidence session on the annual Autumn Meetings of the World Bank and IMF

Thursday 19 October,
Location to be confirmed (Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House)

At 14.30: Bretton Woods Project and Christian Aid

At 15.30: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development and officials

Each Autumn, the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their annual Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. The Committee intends to hold an evidence session on the Autumn Meetings with representatives from the Bretton Woods Project and Christian Aid, and with the Secretary of State for International Development. This evidence session will take place on Thursday 19 October at 14.30.

The Committee is interested in addressing the following issues at the evidence session:

€ The division of responsibility between the IMF and the World Bank

€ Governance of the IMF - how best to increase the voice of developing countries

€ World Bank and IMF conditionality

€ The Bank's anti-corruption framework - the role of debtors, creditors and the impact of Bank policies on corruption

€ Debt cancellation for 'illegitimate and odious' debt

€ The Bank's Clean Energy Investment Framework

€ The Bank's approach to infrastructure

Submission of written evidence

The Committee invites submissions from individuals and organisations with relevant expertise and experience, to submit written evidence on these issues by October 9th 2006. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence from organisations in developing countries.

The Committee does not intend to produce a report, but will publish the transcript of the evidence session alongside 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/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm

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 Dr Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 2738 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).

Committee website: www.parliament.uk/indcom

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