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.