Press Notice 38, Session 2003-04

DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India

The International Development Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry - announced in Press Notice 21 (24 March 2004) - into DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India. 

The Committee is pleased to announce that the following evidence session has now been arranged. This is the third oral evidence session to be held by the Committee as part of this inquiry:

Date and venue: Wednesday 15 September (A meeting room in the Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House).

Time: 2.30pm

Witnesses: Dr Mark Robinson, Fellow, Governance Team, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and Dr Rathin Roy, Development Economist,

and at approx 3.15pm:

Witnesses: Professor John Farrington, Research Fellow, Rural Policy and Governance Group, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and Dr Caroline Dyer, Senior Lecturer, Development Practice, POLIS (Department of Politics and International Studies), University of Leeds

Please note that starting times may be subject to late changes. Those wishing to attend this evidence session should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing, or please have a look at the 'Future meetings' section of our website, nearer the day of the meeting.


The inquiry is focused on the following key areas:

• The case for aid to India

• Partnerships/social inclusion/sector focus

• MDGs and PSAs

• Aid instruments/nature of engagement/governance and political will

• Economic development

The full terms of reference may be found in Press Notice 21:


Further Information

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

Specific Committee Information: For the full terms of reference and for detailed enquiries, please contact Sarah Hartwell-Naguib, Second Clerk, on 44 (0) 207 219 0851 or

Media Enquiries: Adele Brown, 0207 219 0724 or

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