Foreign Affairs Committee - Fourth Report
The role and future of the Commonwealth

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 1 November 2012.


Terms of Reference


Conclusions and recommendations

1  Introduction

2  The purpose of the Commonwealth

3  Promoting good governance and human rights in Commonwealth countries

4  Enhancing global status and influence

5  Developing and broadening opportunity

6  The future membership of the Commonwealth

7  Conclusion

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

Oral and written evidence

Tuesday 21 February 2012: Senator Hugh Segal, Canadian Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal

Tuesday 27 March 2012: Professor Philip Murphy, Director, The Institute of Commonwealth Studies; Stuart Mole CVO OBE

Tuesday 24 April 2012: Ms Ruth Lea, Arbuthnot Banking Group; Mr Mark Robinson, Chair (UK), Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE); Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Director, Royal Commonwealth Society

Tuesday 12 June 2012: Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, and Kirsty Hayes, Head, International Organisations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tuesday 19 June 2012: Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

Tuesday 26 June 2012: Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP, Member, Eminent Persons Group

Written Evidence

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