Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2002-03, dated 13 February 2003


Minister to give oral evidence

The following evidence session has been arranged:




Thursday 20 March


Oral evidence from Bob Ainsworth MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office and officials

The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from the Minister on the occasion of the forthcoming forty-sixth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the central policy-making body within the United Nations system dealing with drug-related matters.  The CND session will include a discussion of the UN's ten-year strategy on drugs, and the UK Government will be sending a delegation to attend.  The Committee is interested in exploring the issues to be discussed and represented at the conference.

In advance of this meeting the Committee is seeking short written submissions from interested parties, highlighting issues which should be raised at the meeting.  Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by 6 March.  Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for this meeting.  If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to: homeaffcom@parliament.uk  or on a disk.  Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

The meeting will take place in either the Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House committee rooms.  This session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to confirm these details closer to the meeting please telephone the Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033.