International Development Committee Announcement


Wednesday 12 November at 2:15 pm

Each Autumn the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund hold their annual meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and international finance. The Committee intends to hold an evidence session on these meetings with representatives of NGOs and the Secretary of State for International Development.

The Committee will address the following issues at the evidence session:

  • The current international financial crisis and the implications for development assistance
  • The Bank’s response to current food and fuel price rises
  • Reform of the governance of the World Bank: enhancing accountability
  • The World Bank’s Strategic Framework on Climate Change

Further details about the evidence session will be announced nearer the time.

Submission of written evidence

The Committee invites individuals and organisations with relevant expertise and experience to submit written evidence on any of these issues.

The deadline for submitting written evidence is Friday 24 October 2008.

Evidence submitted should:

Submissions can also be sent by post to International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. If a number of published documents are sent to accompany written evidence, these should be listed in the covering email.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it 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.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.


Committee membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

Committee Contact: Dr Anna Dickson, 020 7219 2738, or [email protected]

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, 020 7219 1589, or [email protected]

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