Foreign Affairs Committee

Session 2002 - 2003: Tuesday 8th April 2003

Evidence session: Change of venue

Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism

The Foreign Affairs Committee has decided to continue its inquiry into Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism and will hold the following two evidence sessions.

● On Tuesday 29th April 2003 Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State, and officials, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will give evidence at 3.00pm. The evidence will now be heard in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House (not Committee Room 15 as previously advertised).

 ● On Tuesday 3rd June 2003 expert witnesses will give evidence at 3.00pm in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. The witness list has yet to be confirmed.

The finalised details of the second evidence session will be posted on the Committee's website as soon as they are known. The Committee welcomes written contributions to its ongoing inquiry from interested parties.  Such contributions should be sent in the form of a memorandum of evidence and should cover foreign policy aspects of any or all of the following points: the ongoing war against terrorism; the events leading up to military action against Iraq, including the role of the United Nations; the prospects for a Middle East peace settlement; and relations between the UK and Arab countries.

Those wishing to submit Memoranda should send them to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by email to or on a disk. If submitted by email or email attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the email with a clear indication of the originator=s name and address. Memoranda should reach the Clerk by 18th April if possible, and in any case by 22nd April. A general Guide for Witnesses giving details of the suggested form of memoranda can be found on the Committee website.

Committee meetings are open to the public. Access is via St Stephen's Entrance for the House of Commons Committee Rooms and the main entrance on the Thames Embankment for Portcullis House Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 10 minutes to pass through security checks.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in the Committee Rooms. Committee Rooms are subject to change.  Those interested in attending Committee meetings are advised to check the House of Commons Committee Information Line, which provides recorded information about forthcoming meetings including venues, subjects under discussion and contact numbers for further information. The recording, which is updated daily, covers select and standing committee meetings occurring within the next two sitting days. The number to dial is 020 7219 2033.  The general inquiry lines for committee activity remain 020 7219 3267/4300.