The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is one of many Select Committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [1]
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December 2013

UK’S RESPONSE TO EXTREMISM AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN NORTH AND WEST AFRICA

  • Mark Simmonds MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State gave evidence on 3 Dec. [98]
  • andCatherine Inglehearn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 3 Dec. [98]
  • Tim Morris, Head, Sahel Task Force and Whitehall Sahel Co-ordinator gave evidence on 3 Dec. [98]

November 2013

EXTREMISM AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN NORTH AND WEST AFRICA

  • Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister of State gave evidence on 11 Nov. [93]
  • Samantha Job, Head of North Africa Department gave evidence on 11 Nov. [93]
  • Simon Shercliff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 11 Nov. [93]
  • Tim Morris, Head, Sahel Taskforce and Whitehall Sahel Co-ordinator gave evidence on 11 Nov. [93]

October 2013

EXTREMISM AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN NORTH AND WEST AFRICA

July 2013

DEVELOPMENTS IN UK FOREIGN POLICY

Examination of Witness

FCO’S HUMAN RIGHTS WORK IN 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 267

June 2013

Examination of Witness

Minutes of EvidenceHC 267

Minutes of EvidenceHC 88

May 2013

EXTREMISM AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN NORTH AND WEST AFRICA

Minutes of EvidenceHC 88

  • David Mepham, Human Rights Watch gave evidence on 14 May. [79]
  • Ali Alaswad, Former MP for Al Wefaq gave evidence on 14 May. [79]
  • Maryam Alkhawaja, Bahrain Center for Human Rights gave evidence on 14 May. [79]
  • Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, Professor of Law and Chair of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, former Commissioner on the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry gave evidence on 14 May. [79]
  • Caroline Montagu, Countess of Sandwich gave evidence on 14 May. [79]
  • Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International gave evidence on 14 May. [79]

UK’s RELATIONS WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND BAHRAIN

  • Phil Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International gave evidence on 14 May. [80]

March 2013

Minutes of EvidenceHC 88

  • Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies at RUSI gave evidence on 5 Mar. [97]
  • Howard Wheeldon, independent Defence, Aerospace and Industry Analyst, former Director (Policy, Public Affairs and Media) at ADS gave evidence on 5 Mar. [97]
  • Sir Tom Phillips, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2010-2012) gave evidence on 5 Mar. [97]

UK'S RELATIONS WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND BAHRAIN

  • Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies at RUSI gave evidence on 5 Mar. [77]
  • Howard Wheeldon, independent Defence, Aerospace and Industry Analyst, former Director (Policy, Public Affairs and Media) at ADS gave evidence on 5 Mar. [77]
  • Sir Tom Phillips, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2010-2012) gave evidence on 5 Mar. [77]

February 2013

Minutes of EvidenceHC 87

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs gave evidence on 6 Feb. [84]
  • Sir Jon Cunliffe CB, UK Permanent Representative to the EU gave evidence on 6 Feb. [84]
  • Simon Manley CMG, FCO gave evidence on 6 Feb. [84]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 88

  • Sir David Wootton, former Lord Mayor of the City of London (2011-12) gave evidence on 12 Feb. [96]
  • David Lloyd OBE, Middle East Association gave evidence on 12 Feb. [96]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 952

THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: UK GOVERNMENT POLICY

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs gave evidence on 6 Feb. [74]
  • Sir Jon Cunliffe CB, UK Permanent Representative to the EU gave evidence on 6 Feb. [74]
  • Simon Manley CMG, FCO gave evidence on 6 Feb. [74]

THE UK'S RELATIONS WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND BAHRAIN

  • Sir David Wootton, former Lord Mayor of the City of London (2011-12) gave evidence on 12 Feb. [76]
  • David Lloyd OBE, Middle East Association gave evidence on 12 Feb. [76]

January 2013

Minutes of EvidenceHC 88

  • Jane Kinninmont, Chatham House gave evidence on 22 Jan. [94]
  • Neil Partrick, Royal United Services Institute gave evidence on 22 Jan. [94]
  • Sir Roger Tomkys, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (1981-1984), President of the British Society for Middle East Studies (1994-2000) and Chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (2004-2010) gave evidence on 22 Jan. [94]
  • Robin Lamb, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (2003-2006) and current Director General at the Libyan British Business Council gave evidence on 22 Jan. [94]
  • Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, City University, London gave evidence on 29 Jan. [95]
  • Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (Caabu) gave evidence on 29 Jan. [95]
  • Sir Alan Munro, Honorary Vice-President of the Saudi-British Society and board member of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, former Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa, British Ambassador in Saudi Arabia (1989 to 1993) gave evidence on 29 Jan. [95]

THE FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF AND FOR

  • Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities gave evidence on 28 Jan. [72]
  • Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe gave evidence on 28 Jan. [72]
  • Simon Manley, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 28 Jan. [72]

THE FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF AND FOR A SEPARATE SCOTLAND

UK’S RELATIONS WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND BAHRAIN

  • Jane Kinninmont, Chatham House gave evidence on 22 Jan. [71]
  • Neil Partrick, Royal United Services Institute gave evidence on 22 Jan. [71]
  • Sir Roger Tomkys, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (1981-1984), President of the British Society for Middle East Studies (1994-2000) and Chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (2004-2010) gave evidence on 22 Jan. [71]
  • Robin Lamb, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (2003-2006) and current Director General at the Libyan British Business Council gave evidence on 22 Jan. [71]
  • Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, City University, London gave evidence on 29 Jan. [73]
  • Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (Caabu) gave evidence on 29 Jan. [73]
  • Sir Alan Munro, Honorary Vice-President of the Saudi-British Society and board member of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, former Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa, British Ambassador in Saudi Arabia (1989 to 1993) gave evidence on 29 Jan. [73]

December 2012

11 December 2012

FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF AND FOR A SEPARATE SCOTLAND

  • Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Royal United Services Institute gave evidence on 4 Dec. [67]
  • Professor William Walker, Professor of International Relations, St Andrew’s University gave evidence on 4 Dec. [67]
  • Sir Richard Mottram, London School of Economics and Political Science gave evidence on 4 Dec. [67]
  • Professor Sir David Omand, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London gave evidence on 4 Dec. [67]

THE FCO’S PERFORMANCE AND FINANCES IN 2011-12

November 2012

FCO ANNUAL REPORT

  • Simon Fraser, FCO gave evidence on 6 Nov. [66]
  • Matthew Rycroft, FCO gave evidence on 6 Nov. [66]
  • Iain Walker, FCO gave evidence on 6 Nov. [66]

October 2012

SEPARATE SCOTLAND (FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS)

September 2012

DEVELOPMENTS IN UK FOREIGN POLICY

Examination of Witness

THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: UK GOVERNMENT POLICY

July 2012

Examination of Witness

THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: UK GOVERNMENT POLICY

June 2012

19 June 2012

Examination of Witness

THE FUTURE OF THE

THE ROLE AND FUTURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH

  • Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State for the Commonwealth gave evidence on 12 Jun. [52]
  • Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth gave evidence on 19 Jun. [53]
  • Rt hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP, Eminent Persons Group gave evidence on 26 Jun. [55]

May 2012

22 May 2012

April 2012

BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY

Minutes of EvidenceHC 80

  • Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa gave evidence on 18 Apr. [62]
  • Jon Davies, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 18 Apr. [62]

THE ROLE AND FUTURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH

March 2012

BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY

DEVELOPMENTS IN UK FOREIGN POLICY

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs gave evidence on 8 Mar. [47]
  • Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary gave evidence on 8 Mar. [47]
  • Simon Manley, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 8 Mar. [47]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 80

  • Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa gave evidence on 20 Mar. [61]
  • Dr Christian Turner, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 20 Mar. [61]

February 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Senator Hugh Segal, Canadian Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal gave evidence on 21 Feb. [46]

FCO PERFORMANCE AND FINANCES

  • Lord Williams of Baglan, BBC Trust gave evidence on 21 Feb. [45]

January 2012

BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’:

  • Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG PC, gave evidence on 31 Jan. [44]

Examination of Witness

  • Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG PC, gave evidence on 31 Jan. [60]

December 2011

Examination of Witness

UK-TURKEY RELATIONS AND TURKEY’S REGIONAL ROLE

  • Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister of State for Europe gave evidence on 13 Dec. [43]
  • Pat Phillips, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 13 Dec. [43]
  • Steve Saward, Russia, Turkey, Central Asia and the Caucasus Section, UKTI gave evidence on 13 Dec. [43]

November 2011

BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY

  • Intissar Kherigi, trainee lawyer and daughter of Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda party, Tunisia gave evidence on 29 Nov. [41]
  • Dr Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford gave evidence on 29 Nov. [41]

EU Enlargement and Foreign Policy

  • Baroness Ashton of Upholland, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission gave evidence on 21 Nov. [38]

Examination of Witness

  • Dr Gülnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury and visiting Professor, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey gave evidence on 15 Nov. [37]
  • Dr Philip Robins, University of Oxford gave evidence on 15 Nov. [37]
  • Dr Mina Toksoz, Head of Country Risk, Standard Bank International (giving evidence in a personal capacity) gave evidence on 15 Nov. [37]
  • Martin Davidson, British Council gave evidence on 22 Nov. [40]
  • Intissar Kherigi, trainee lawyer and daughter of Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda party, Tunisia gave evidence on 29 Nov. [58]
  • Dr Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford gave evidence on 29 Nov. [58]

FCO PERFORMANCE AND FINANCES

  • Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary of State gave evidence on 8 Nov. [36]
  • Matthew Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer gave evidence on 8 Nov. [36]
  • Iain Walker, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 8 Nov. [36]
  • Lord Patten of Barnes, BBC Trust gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]
  • Peter Horrocks, Director gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]
  • Richard Thomas, Chief Operating Officer gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]
  • Jim Egan, BBC Global News gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]
  • Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]
  • Martin Davidson CMG, British Council gave evidence on 22 Nov. [39]

October 2011

Examination of Witness

Piracy off the coast of Somalia

  • Paul Chandler, victims of piracy gave evidence on 24 Oct. [35]
  • Rachel Chandler, gave evidence on 24 Oct. [35]

UK-Turkey Relations and Turkey's Regional Role

September 2011

Developments in UK Foreign Policy

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs gave evidence on 7 Sep. [32]
  • Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary gave evidence on 7 Sep. [32]
  • Sir Geoffrey Adams KCMG, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 7 Sep. [32]

July 2011

Piracy off the coast of Somalia

  • Mr Henry Bellingham MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Africa, the UN, Overseas Territories and Conflict Issues gave evidence on 6 Jul. [29]
  • Mr Chris Holtby, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 6 Jul. [29]
  • Captain David Reindorp RN, Ministry of Defence gave evidence on 6 Jul. [29]

June 2011

PIRACY OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA

  • Andrew Voke, Lloyds Market Association gave evidence on 22 Jun. [26]
  • Mark Brownrigg OBE, Chamber of Shipping gave evidence on 22 Jun. [26]
  • Stephen Askins, Ince and Co gave evidence on 22 Jun. [26]
  • Major General Buster Howes OBE, Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia gave evidence on 22 Jun. [26]
  • Captain David Reindorp, Head of Defence Crisis Management Centre gave evidence on 29 Jun. [27]
  • Dr Campbell McCafferty, Ministry of Defence gave evidence on 29 Jun. [28]
  • Sally Healy OBE, Chatham House gave evidence on 29 Jun. [28]
  • Captain David Reindorp RN, Head of Defence Crisis Management Centre gave evidence on 29 Jun. [28]

UK-Brazil Relations

  • Vivien Life, FCO gave evidence on 8 Jun. [25]

May 2011

The FCO's Human Rights Work 2010-11

UK-BRAZIL RELATIONS

April 2011

Brazil Relations

UK-BRAZIL RELATIONS

  • Sandra Charity, WWF-UK gave evidence on 27 Apr. [23]

March 2011

Developments in UK Foreign Policy

The Implications of Cuts to the BBC World Service

February 2011

The Role of the FCO in UK Government

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs gave evidence on 7 Feb. [16]
  • Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary of State gave evidence on 7 Feb. [16]
  • Alex Ellis, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 7 Feb. [16]

January 2011

Examination of Witness

  • Sir Peter Ricketts, National Security Adviser gave evidence on 26 Jan. [15]

Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2011): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2009, Quarterly Reports for 2010, licensing policy and review of export control legislation

The Role of the FCO in UK Government

  • Alex Evans, gave evidence on 12 Jan. [13]
  • David Steven, New York University gave evidence on 12 Jan. [13]
  • Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, Gatehouse Advisory Partners gave evidence on 26 Jan. [14]
  • Alastair Newton, former member of the FCO's Senior Management and Director of UKTI USA gave evidence on 26 Jan. [14]
  • Sir Peter Ricketts GCMG, National Security Adviser gave evidence on 26 Jan. [14]

December 2010

Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2011): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2009, Quarterly Reports for 2010, licensing policy and review of export control legislation

THE ROLE OF THE FCO IN UK GOVERNMENT

  • Professor The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, University of London gave evidence on 8 Dec. [10]
  • Rt Hon The Lord Jay of Ewelme, former Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2002-2006) gave evidence on 8 Dec. [11]
  • Rt Hon. David Miliband MP, former Foreign Secretary (2007-10); gave evidence on 15 Dec. [12]
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC MP, Intelligence and Security Committee gave evidence on 15 Dec. [12]
  • Rt Hon The Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG, former Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2002-2006) gave evidence on 8 Dec. [10]
  • Rt Hon David Miliband MP, former Foreign Secretary (2007-10); gave evidence on 15 Dec. [21]
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG, Intelligence and Security Committee gave evidence on 15 Dec. [21]

November 2010

FCO Performance and Finances

FCO Public Diplomacy: the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

  • Simon Anholt, independent policy advisor, author and researcher gave evidence on 10 Nov. [9]
  • Dr Patrick Spaven OBE, consultant in research and evaluation for public diplomacy gave evidence on 10 Nov. [9]
  • Mr Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State for public diplomacy and the Olympics gave evidence on 10 Nov. [9]
  • Conrad Bird, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 10 Nov. [9]

The UK's foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan

  • Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG LVO, former HM Ambassador to Kabul, former Special Representative of the Foreign Secretary for Afghanistan and Pakistan gave evidence on 9 Nov. [5]
  • Gilles Dorronsoro, Visiting Scholar, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment gave evidence on 9 Nov. [5]
  • Gerard Russell MBE, Afghan specialist, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government gave evidence on 9 Nov. [5]
  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State gave evidence on 15 Nov. [6]
  • Karen Pierce CMG, Director South Asia and Afghanistan, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan gave evidence on 15 Nov. [6]

October 2010

The UK's foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan

September 2010

Developments in UK Foreign Policy

  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State, Mr Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service gave evidence on 8 Sep. [2]