Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

7 December 2007


Oral Evidence Session Wednesday 12 December 2007: European Council and Foreign Policy Aspects of the Lisbon Treaty

The Foreign Affairs Committee is holding its regular evidence session with the Foreign Secretary, in advance of the six-monthly meeting of the European Council of EU Heads of State or Government. The Committee will also take evidence from the Foreign Secretary on the Foreign Policy Aspects of the Lisbon Treaty, which, as announced in Press Notice 8 (Session 2007-08), is the topic of a Report currently under preparation.

The Lisbon Treaty will be signed by EU Member States on 13 December 2007. The Committee intends that its Report will help to inform the House before Parliamentary consideration of the associated Government bill.

Wednesday 12 December 2007

2.30pm Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Foreign Secretary, Shan Morgan, Director, Europe, Paul Berman, Legal Adviser and Martin Shearman, Head of CFSP, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The meeting will take place in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

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The membership of the Committee is as follows: Mike Gapes (Chairman), Labour, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory, Conservative, Mr John Horam, Conservative, Mr Eric Illsley, Labour, Mr Paul Keetch, Liberal Democrats, Andrew Mackinlay, Labour, Mr Malcolm Moss, Conservative, Sandra Osborne, Labour, Mr Greg Pope, Labour, Mr Ken Purchase, Labour, Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Conservative, Ms Gisela Stuart, Labour, Richard Younger-Ross, Liberal Democrats.

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