Foreign Affairs Committee

2 February 2006

Public Diplomacy

Evidence session with Lord Carter of Coles

Following the publication of his Review on Public Diplomacy, the Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session with Lord Carter of Coles. In 2004, the Foreign Secretary and the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury asked Lord Carter to examine the effectiveness of the Government’s public diplomacy work.  Lord Carter’s findings and recommendations were published on 16 December 2005.

The evidence session will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday, 8 February 2006,  in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.  The public meeting is expected to last approximately one hour.

A copy of the Public Diplomacy Report may be read online at:

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