Sessional Returns Session 1997-98 - Contents


16. Foreign Affairs

The Committee was nominated on 16 July 1997.

It had 12 Members and held 51 meetings.



MembersMeetings attended

Anderson, Mr Donald (Chairman)48
Abbott, Ms Diane41
Bottomley, Mrs Virginia38
Emery, Sir Peter40
Godman, Mr Norman A30
Heath, Mr David 45
Illsley, Mr Eric37
Mackinlay, Mr Andrew 39
Ross, Mr Ernie41
Rowlands, Mr Ted45
Stanley, Sir John37
Wilshire, Mr David26


Overall attendance:   76.3 %

Number of Members added:  0

Number of Members discharged:  0

Turnover of membership during the Session:   0 %

Staff

Committee Clerk: Dr C R M Ward (until 1.11.98) Mr E P Silk (from 1.11.98)

Other Committee staff: Mr M P Atkins, Assistant Clerk (Grade A3); Ms R J Challis, Senior Executive Officer (Grade 8) (until 22.6.98); Mrs C J Oxborough, Senior Executive Officer (Grade 8) (from 22.6.98); Ms A M Allen, Secretary (Grade 12) (until 12.1.98); Mrs S Bertasius, Secretary (Grade 12) (from 12.1.98) and Miss A Ferreira, Senior Office Clerk (Grade 13).

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Mr Howard Gilbert

Mrs Jocelyn Statler (Chatham House Liaison)

Mrs Heather Weeks (Chatham House Liaison)

Witnesses

Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:

Number of appearances by:-

Cabinet Ministers:  6

Other Ministers:  5 (of whom 1 was a Member of the House of Lords)

Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:-

Foreign & Commonwealth Office:  35

other departments:  1

comprising:- Ministry of Defence  1

non-departmental public bodies:  3

comprising:- BBC  3

Appearances by other witnesses:  38

Overseas Visits

  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

29-30.9.97

Luxembourg

1*

1

Meeting of FAC Chairmen of Parliaments of EU Member States, EU Applicant States and of the European Parliament

£1,449

26-28.11.97

Tallinn

1*

0

Conference on EU Enlargement organised by Estonian Parliament

£1,047

3-5.2.98

Paris and

Brussels


8

2

European Union and NATO

£7,760

9-14.3.98

New York and Washington

11

2

Inquiry into Foreign Policy and Human Rights

£52,096

31.3-4.4.98

Hong Kong

10

2

Inquiry into Hong Kong

£41,314

18-19.5.98

Geneva

7

1

Inquiry into Foreign Policy and Human Rights

£5,851

13-20.6.98

3 part visit: Thailand and Philippines

Qatar, Kuwait and Israel

Kenya and Uganda




5

3

3



1

1

1

Inquiry into Foreign Policy and Human Rights

£51,504

(estimate)

5-6.7.98

Vienna

4

1

EU Presidency

£5,178

(estimate)

13-18.9.98

3 part visit:

Poland and Estonia

Czech Republic and Hungary

Cyprus and Slovenia




3

4


3



1

1


1

Inquiry into EU Enlargement

£23,472

(estimate)

28-29.9.98

Vienna

1*

1

Meeting of FAC Chairmen of Parliaments of EU Member States, EU Applicant States and of the European Parliament

£2,250

(estimate)

23-24.10.98

Warsaw

1*

0

Conference on Euro-Atlantic dialogue organised by Polish Parliament

£1,000

(estimate)

* Travel in a representative capacity

Visits to European Institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg


  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

27-28.10.97

Brussels

1*

1

Conference on IGC organised by European Parliament

£736

30.6.-1.7.98

Brussels

1*

1

European Parliament seminar for Foreign Affairs Committee Chairmen

£844

20-21.9.98

Brussels

1*

0

European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs seminar on the Royaumont Process

£436

27-28.10.98

Brussels

1*

1

Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Forum

£1,250

(estimate)

* Travel in a representative capacity

UK Visits

Date

Destination

Members

Staff

Purpose

Cost

16.12.97

Chinese Embassy, London

8

3

Briefing

£94.90

Reports and Minutes of Evidence  

  Title

HC No.

(1997-98)

Date of

publication

No. of

pages

Sale price

  Government

  reply


First Report: The Treaty of Amsterdam

305

27.11.97

67

£10.60

Not required

Second Report: Dependent Territories Review: Interim Report

347

3.2.98

106

£13.60

Unnumbered Command Paper laid 14 May 1998: published as Third Special Report

Third Report: Hong Kong

710

7.8.98

104

£13.60

Cm 4156 25.11.98

Fourth Report: Entry Clearance Operations, with particular reference to Islamabad and New Delhi

515

7.8.98

129

£15.90

Cm 4151 25.11.98

First Special Report: Sierra Leone: Exchange of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary

760

22.5.98 (Published in typescript on 21.5.98)

6

£2.25

Not required

Second Special Report: Sierra Leone: Further Exchanges of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary

852

25.6.98

9

£3.40

Not required

Third Special Report: Government Response to the Second Report of the Committee on Dependent Territories Review: Interim Report

1192

26.11.98

6

£2.25

Not required

Minutes of Evidence: Luxembourg European Council, 1.12.97

387-i

12.1.98

21

£5.50

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: NATO Enlargement (Joint meeting with Defence Committee), 19.1.98

482-i

1.4.98

26

£8.80

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Iraq, 24.2.98

582-i

29.4.98

14

£4.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: The Situation in Kosovo, 19.3.98

649-i

29.4.98

12

£4.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Cardiff European Council, 2.6.98

387-ii

6.7.98

22

£5.50

Not applicable

Government replies to Reports for Session 1996-97: None

Divisions

  Date

Subject

21.5.98

Six, on consideration of amendments to Chairman's draft Special Report on Sierra Leone: Exchange of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary

23.6.98

Six, on consideration of amendments to Chairman's draft Special Report on Sierra Leone: Further Exchanges of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary and one on a motion to adjourn

30.6.98

Four, on consideration of whether to take further evidence from Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Public Expenditure

14.7.98

One, on whether the evidence session on 16 July 1998 on Public Expenditure should be taken in private

16.7.98

One, on consideration of whether a Question should be put to witnesses in the inquiry into Public Expenditure

30.7.98

One, on consideration of Chairman's draft Report on Entry Clearance Operations with particular reference to Islamabad and New Delhi

Debates

The following Reports were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in the House:

First Special Report: Sierra Leone: Exchange of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary, HC 760 and Second Special Report: Sierra Leone: Further Exchanges of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary, HC 852, 1997-98, were tagged as relevant to the debate on Release of Information to Select Committees, 7.7.98

The following Minutes of Evidence were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to debates in the House:

Minutes of Evidence, 4 November 1997, HC 305-i, on the Treaty of Amsterdam, 12.11.97

Minutes of Evidence, 1 December 1997, HC 387-i, on the Luxembourg European Council, 4.12.98

Minutes of Evidence, 5 May 1998, HC 369-vii, on Foreign Policy and Human Rights and 14 May 1998, HC 745-i, on Public Expenditure Plans of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 18.5.98

Minutes of Evidence, 2 June 1998, HC 398-ii, on the Cardiff European Council, 11.6.98

Evidence

Oral evidence was taken at 30 of the Committee's 51 meetings. On 3 of these occasions evidence was taken partly or wholly in private. The Committee received 282 memoranda, of which 52 came from Government departments, 4 from executive agencies and 2 from associated public bodies. The Committee published 118 memoranda.


  Inquiry

No. of oral evidence sessions

No. of memoranda received

No. of memoranda received from Government departments/

executive agencies/

associated public bodies

No. of memoranda published

No. of memoranda made available in the Record Office for public use and placed in the Library
Treaty of Amsterdam2155/0/070
Dependent Territories Review: Interim Report34210/0/0250
Foreign Policy and Human Rights*101338/4/26018
Hong Kong1335/0/0103
Public Expenditure511/0/000
Sierra Leone*44620/0/0130
Other5123/0/030

Total

30

282

52/4/2

118

21

* The Committee did not complete its inquiry on this subject in this Session; details of memoranda are therefore incomplete.


 
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