Foreign Affairs Committee

24 April 2006

Committee Announces New Inquiry

Active diplomacy for a changing world - the UK’s International Priorities

The Foreign Affairs Committee is to carry out ongoing scrutiny of the FCO’s new foreign policy strategy, “Active diplomacy for a changing world - the UK’s International Priorities”. The strategy considers likely developments in international relations over the next ten years and the role of the UK on the world stage. It identifies the Government’s strategic international priorities and describes the FCO’s role in pursuing them.

The Committee intends to ensure that the strategy is considered as part of its ongoing programme of work and that it is referred to in the Reports of the various inquiries it has under way. In addition, the Committee will undertake a long-term review of the strategy, assessing its contribution to the conduct of British foreign policy and its continuing relevance to a constantly changing international situation.

The full text of the White Paper and an executive summary are available from the FCO website,

The Committee welcomes written memoranda for this inquiry. Interested parties should submit their evidence by e:mail to  indicating clearly their name and address.  There is no deadline for the receipt of evidence. If you have any questions about the submission of evidence, please contact the Committee Assistant on: 020 7219 6106.

Members of the press with enquiries should contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 0718