Foreign Affairs Committee

Foreign Affairs Committee

28 February 2006

Announcement of oral evidence session

East Asia

The Committee will take evidence on Wednesday 8 March 2006 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, from the following witnesses in relation to its inquiry into East Asia:

From 2.30pm to 3.30pm:
Dr Linda Yueh, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, and Department of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE);
Professor Jude Howell, Director, Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics  and Political Science (LSE); and
Professor Yong-nian Zheng, Head of Research, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham.

From 3.35pm to 4.35pm:
Brad Adams, Director for Asia, Human Rights Watch; and
Corinna-Barbara Francis, East Asia Team, Amnesty International.

From 4.40pm to 5.40pm:
Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank and Committee Member, Hong Kong Association; and
Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG, President, China Britain Business Council.

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Membership of the Committee:

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) Lab, Chairman
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Rt Hon Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells) Con
Mr John Horam (Orpington) Con
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford) Lib Dem
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon) Con
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge) Lib Dem

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