Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Ninth Report

he Foreign Affairs Committee

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

Current membership

Rt Hon Donald Anderson MP (Labour, Swansea East) (Chairman)

David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)

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)

Richard Ottaway MP (Conservative, Croydon South)

Greg Pope MP (Labour, Hyndburn)

Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP (Conservative, Tonbridge and Malling)

Gisela Stuart MP (Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston)

The following member was also a member of the committee during the parliament.

Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Conservative, Staffordshire South)


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 in the inside front and back covers of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Steve Priestley (Clerk), Geoffrey Farrar (Second Clerk), Elizabeth Sellwood (Committee Specialist), Jane Appleton (Committee Assistant), Sheryl Bertasius (Secretary) and Andrew Boyd (Senior Office Clerk).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerks of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone numbers for general enquiries are 020 7219 6106/6105/6394; the Committee's email address is

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