Foreign Affairs Committee: Guide to Submitting Written Evidence

The Foreign Affairs Committee welcome submission relating to one of its current inquiries in accordance with the guidelines stated below.

Each submission should:

€ Aim to be no more than 3.000 words in length;

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ State the title of the Inquiry;

€ focus on the terms of reference of the Inquiry; (please see the inquiry home page)

€ have numbered paragraphs and;

€ be in Word format with as little use of colour/ logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked with the title of the inquiry'. Paper copies should be sent to:

Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Committee Office

House of Commons



You will receive a confirmation of receipt e-mail or letter.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For futher information please refer to the House of Commons Guide for written submissions to Select Committees

Please note that:

€ Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

€ Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised.

€ Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.