Press Notice 5, Session 2005-06

IDC announces a new inquiry


The International Development Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry on Making Trade Work for Development: the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial, and invites interested organisations and individuals - especially  those from developing countries - to submit written evidence addressing the following points:

• The implications of differentiation between developing countries for the outcomes of the Ministerial. To whom should Special and Differential Treatment be applied?

• The extent to which tariff escalation and outdated rules of origin harm prospects for industrial development.

• The degree to which liberalisation of industrial and manufacturing sectors threatens to undermine development. What aspects of the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations would benefit developing countries?

• The benefit of including GATS Mode IV, the temporary movement of labour, in the services negotiations for developing countries. Whether or not developing countries should be making more ‘ambitious’ offers in the services sector.

• The extent to which developing countries will gain from agricultural trade liberalisation.

The Committee proposes to examine these aspects of the negotiations with particular reference to case studies of  trade in coffee, cotton, sugar and textiles and welcomes submissions which address these commodities. 


Submission of written evidence

Organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee. Evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by Friday 18 November 2005.  The inquiry will continue beyond the Ministerial and we would welcome further submissions commenting on the outcome of the Hong Kong Ministerial.

Evidence submitted should:

- if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail;

- the letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details;

- any memorandum of more than six pages should begin with a one page summary;

- have numbered paragraphs;

- and avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material;

 - further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at;

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. Submissions can be sent via or, by post, to International Development Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, either by printing the written evidence alongside the oral evidence or by making the evidence available through the Parliamentary Record Office.  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.

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.


Detailed enquiries to Dr. Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 2738 or


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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Publications/Reports/Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge Street, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845  7023474)