Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Third Report

9 Parliamentary engagement with the region

248. We are pleased that as Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee we have in recent years been able to visit Podgorica, Pristina, Belgrade, Skopje and other important cities in the region. It is disappointing, however, that this privilege is not available to all Members of Parliament. Under the present rules of the House of Commons, Members are able to make a total of three visits each year to capital cities, or to cities in which multinational institutions are based, in European Union or EFTA states. We consider that this facility should be extended to include some of the 'hotspots' of Europe such as the cities listed above, plus the capitals of Moldova, Russia and other OSCE countries and we intend to pursue this matter with the House authorities.

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