Foreign Affairs Committee

The Committee consists of eleven Members of Parliament, drawn from the three largest political parties. It is appointed to monitor the policy, administration and expenditure of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its associated public bodies, including the British Council and the BBC World Service.

The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry. More details of its mode of working are given in the Role of the Committee section. It takes written and oral evidence and produces reports to which the Government issues a response. The variety of work undertaken by the Committee, as well as work carried out by its predecessors in earlier Parliaments, can be viewed using the Reports and Publications section.

Members of the Committee also participate in the Committees on Arms Export Controls.


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Date Business
08 March 2012
10:10 am
Subject: Developments in UK Foreign Policy
Witness(es): Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Simon Manley, Director for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
20 March 2012
3:00 pm
Subject: British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy
Witness(es): Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Location: tbc

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