International Development Committee Announcement



In anticipation of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the International Development Committee will publish its report on HIV/AIDS: DFID’s New Strategy at 00:01 on Sunday 30 November 2008 as the Twelfth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08 (HC 1068-I). A volume of oral and written evidence will be published at the same time as HC 1068-II.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available from 10.00 am on Friday 28 November, for collection by Government Departments, witnesses and the press only from the Reception Desk at 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA and from the Press Gallery, House of Commons. To reserve a copy or if you have a query please e-mail Ian Hook at

On publication, copies of the Report can be ordered from The Stationery Office (Tel: 0845 702 3474) or from the Parliamentary Bookshop (Tel: 020 7219 3890) and can be viewed on the Committee’s website from the day of publication at:


Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

The terms of reference set out the main issues to be examined during the inquiry as follows:

  • the extent to which DFID’s Strategy will be effective in tackling the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children
  • how HIV/AIDS interacts with other diseases, especially tuberculosis and malaria, and how effectively this interaction is dealt with by donors and funds
  • how the new AIDS Strategy will be incorporated into DFID’s Country Programmes
  • how civil society will be involved in implementing the new Strategy
  • the likely effectiveness of monitoring systems in ensuring that funding announced in the Strategy reaches local level
  • the impact of vertical funds on broader health system strengthening
  • the comparative effectiveness in tackling HIV/AIDS of vertical funds and funding allocated to broader health system strengthening
  • DFID’s mechanisms for measuring the impact of its funding for health service strengthening

Committee Contact: Carol Oxborough, 020 7219 1226, or

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, 020 7219 1589, or

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