FAC PN 06 (03/04)


The Foreign Affairs Committee is to take further oral evidence as part of its inquiry into South Africa. The Committee launched its inquiry in July last year, and has already received a large amount of memoranda from a wide range of sources. It took oral evidence from experts on Tuesday 9th December.

The next oral evidence session will take place on Tuesday, 27th January, in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House. The witnesses will be:

(at 3:00 pm)

● Mr Christopher Paterson - Executive Director, Macmillan Publishers Ltd.; and 

● Mr Ashley Roe-Business Development Director, Severn Trent Water International Ltd.

(at approx 3.45pm)

● Mr Richard Dowden-Director of the Royal African Society; and

● Dr Steve Kibble-Catholic Institute for International Relations.

The third planned session will take place on Tuesday 2nd March, also in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House. The witnesses will be:

(at 3:00pm)

Mr Chris Mullin MP, Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State, and senior officials, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The witnesses will give evidence on a wide range of subjects including: UK-South African relations; the role of South Africa in its region; the future of NEPAD; Zimbabwe; and the work of the FCO in South Africa.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Committee announced its inquiry into ‘South Africa’ on 24 July. More details on the terms of reference can be found in Press Notice No. 37 (02/03). It intends to focus on a number of areas related to the role of the Foreign Office in relation to South Africa, including: UK-South African relations; South Africa’s role in the region and international fora such as the African Union and the UN; the impact of NePAD; and the work of the FCO, British Council and BBC World Service in South Africa. The Committee plans to visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in February 2004.

2. The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the “administration, expenditure and policy” of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated agencies. The text of all Committee publications, including Reports, can be found on the Committee's  website at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/foreign_affairs_committee.cfm

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.