Press Notice 37, Session 2005-06


Announcement of evidence session

Tuesday 16 May 2006, Committee Room 6,
Palace of Westminster

At 10.30 am Andrew Hollas, Head, Africa Markets, PricewaterhouseCoopers

At approx. 11.30 a.m. Stirling Smith, Co-operative College


In December 2005, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on Private Sector Development (PSD). PSD touches on many aspects of what donors already do. The presumption behind the inquiry is not therefore that PSD is another sector for donors to engage in, but rather that PSD requires a changed perspective and practice in what donors (who may traditionally have little experience of business) are already doing. The inquiry will examine the coherence of DFID's private sector development policy with DFID's work in other sectors.

This is the sixth evidence session of the PSD inquiry. It will be split into two separate panels, the first exploring the perspective of a global accounting and business advisory firm with considerable experience of working with DFID. The second panel will focus on the important - if often under-recognised - role of the cooperative movement in private sector development.


Detailed enquiries to Chle Challender, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 1522 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).

Media Enquiries: Jessica Bridges-Palmer, 020 7219 0724 or

Committee website:

Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:

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)