Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Fourth Report

Foreign Affairs Committee

The Foreign Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated public bodies.

Current Membership
Rt Hon Donald Anderson MP (Labour, Swansea East)
David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)
Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Conservative, Staffordshire South)
Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour, Leeds North East)
Eric Illsley MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)
Andrew Mackinlay MP (Labour, Thurrock)
John Maples MP (Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon)
Bill Olner MP (Labour, Nuneaton)
Greg Pope MP (Labour, Hyndburn)
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP (Conservative, Tonbridge and Malling)
Gisela Stuart MP (Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston)

The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No.152. These are available on the Internet via

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is on the inside front cover.

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone numbers for general inquiries is: 020 7219 6106/6105/6394; the Committee's e-mail address is:

In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12'.

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