Evidence on future of Commonwealth and EU

21 June 2012

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold two evidence sessions on 26 June with sessions on The Commonwealth  with Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP and then on The Future of the EU with Sir Howard Davies.


Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00 am

  • Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP, Member, Eminent Persons Group

This is the sixth and final evidence session for the Committee’s inquiry into The role and future of the Commonwealth. In today’s session it is intended that Sir Malcolm will discuss the work of the Eminent Persons Group, the handling of its Report at the Perth CHOGM and his general impressions of the future of the Commonwealth and its reform efforts following the CHOGM.

At 11.30 am

  • Sir Howard Davies, Professor of Practice, Paris Institute of Political Studies

This is the first evidence session for the Committee’s inquiry into The future of the European Union: UK Government policy, which it launched in the wake of the December 2011 European Council meeting. Sir Howard Davies has huge experience of UK economic policy and the international financial sector. This initial session will allow the Committee to question him about the broad thrust of the Government’s EU policy. The Committee is likely to explore some issues in greater detail in future sessions.  

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