Lords EU Committee to question Alistair Burt on situation in Iran

14 March 2012

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy will this week take evidence from Alistair Burt MP the Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for the Middle East. The one-off session will focus on Iran and the current state of its nuclear programme.

The Committee will ask Mr Burt about the stability of the Iranian regime and the impact of sanctions on both the Iranian government and people. They will also ask what evidence there is for a military dimension to the Iranian nuclear programme and what capabilities Iran has for delivering nuclear weapons if they were to develop them.

The Committee will ask the Minister about the EU’s dual-track approach to Iran, using both pressure and engagement, and whether all Member States are equally committed to this approach, as well as the likelihood of the resumption of talks with Iran involving the EU’s negotiators.

The evidence session will also cover the possible reaction of other states to Iran’s nuclear programme, including the likelihood of cyber attacks and extra judicial killings and whether the UK Government is concerned about Iran responding with similar tactics. The Committee will also ask about the Government’s assessment of the possibilities of proactive Israeli air strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The evidence session will take place at 10:05am on Thursday 15 March in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

1. The evidence session is open to the public. If you wish to attend you should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and allow time for security screening.

2. You can watch the session live on the internet at www.parliamentlive.tv

3. For further information about the Committee please see its website.

4. The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy is chaired by Lord Teverson. To arrange interviews please contact Owen Williams on 020 7219 8659