Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Proceedings


MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Gibraltar in July in connection with its inquiry into Gibraltar.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Copenhagen in June in connection with its inquiry into developments in the European Union.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visits.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 23 April at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2002

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr Bill OlnerMs Gisela Stuart
Sir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Turkey], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 606, p 49).

[Adjourned till this day at Twenty minutes past Two o'clock.


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TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2002

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley
Mr Eric Illsley

The Committee deliberated.

Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism: Mr Ben Bradshaw, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Mr Christopher Prentice, Head of Middle East and North Africa Department, Mr Edward Chaplin, Director for Middle East and North Africa Department and Mr William Ehrman, Director for International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 30 April at a quarter to Five o'clock.


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TUESDAY 30 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Sir Patrick CormackMr Greg Pope
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley
Mr Andrew Mackinlay

The Committee deliberated.

Zimbabwe: Mr Fergal Keane OBE, BBC News Special Correspondent and Mr Richard Dowden, Writer on African Affairs, were examined.

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TUESDAY 7 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley
Mr John Maples


The Committee deliberated.

FCO Annual Report 2002: Mr Mark Byford, Director, Mr Nigel Chapman, Deputy Director, and Mr Andrew Hind, Finance and Business Development Director, BBC World Service; Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, a Member of the House of Lords, Chairman, Mr David Green, Director General and Mr Andrew Fotheringham, Director, Planning Research and Evaluation, The British Council.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 8 May at Ten o'clock.


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WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the United States in October in connection with its inquiry into Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Copenhagen European Council.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Prague NATO Council.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That Mr Fabian Hamilton do represent the Committee at the meeting of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels on 3 June.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 14 May at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 14 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleyMr Greg Pope
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley
Mr John Maples


The Committee deliberated.

Zimbabwe: Baroness Amos, a Member of the House of Lords, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Mr Mark Lyall Grant, Director for Africa and Mr Jon Elliott, Head of Zimbabwe Section, Africa Department (Southern), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 15 May at Ten o'clock.


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WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Sir Patrick CormackMr John Maples
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Bill Olner
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 16 May at Two o'clock.


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THURSDAY 16 MAY 2002

Members present:


Mr Donald AndersonMr John Maples
Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley


In the absence of the Chairman, Sir John Stanley was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Donald Anderson took the Chair.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 21 May at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 21 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley
Mr Andrew Mackinlay

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 11 June at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2002

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr Greg Pope
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley
Mr Eric Illsley

In the absence of the Chairman, Sir John Stanley was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

The Green Paper on Private Military Companies: Lt. Colonel Tim Spicer OBE, security consultant and Head of Strategic Consulting International, Mr Michael Bilton, a freelance journalist, and Mr David Stewart Howitt, Global Dimensions Programme, London School of Economics, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 11 June at half past Four o'clock.


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TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2002

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr John Maples
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism] proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Seventh Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 384, pp 61-64).

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 June at Ten o'clock.


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THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleyMr Greg Pope
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

The Green Paper on Private Military Companies: Dr Denis MacShane, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 18 June at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 18 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Sir Patrick CormackMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley
Mr Andrew MackinlayGisela Stuart

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Mr David Chidgey do represent the Committee at the summit of NATO aspirant countries in Riga on 5-6 July 2002.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

The Inter-Governmental Conference 2004: Convention on the Future of Europe: Gisela Stuart and Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory, Members of the House, were examined.

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WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Sir Patrick CormackMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Gibraltar: Rt Hon Jack Straw, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Mr James Bevan, Director, South-East Europe and Gibraltar, Foreign and Commonwealth Office were examined.

Seville European Council: Rt Hon Jack Straw, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Mr Kim Darroch, Director, European Union, Foreign and Commonwealth Office were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 20 June at half past Ten o'clock.


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THURSDAY 20 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 July at half past Ten o'clock.


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THURSDAY 11 JULY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleyMr Greg Pope
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 July at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 16 JULY 2002

Members present:


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley
Mr Eric Illsley

In the absence of the Chairman, Sir John Stanley was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

FCO Annual Report: Sir Michael Jay KCMG, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Mr Peter Collecott CMG, Chief Clerk, Mr Simon Gass CMG, Director of Resources and Mr Alan Charlton CMG, Director of Personnel, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 17 July at half past Three o'clock.


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TUESDAY 16 JULY 2002

Members present:

The Committee met concurrently with the Defence, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees.

Members present:


Mr Donald AndersonMr Bill Olner
Mr David ChidgeySir John Stanley
Mr Fabian Hamilton

The following members of the Defence Committee were also present, pursuant to S.O. No. 137(1)(b):


Mr Bruce GeorgeRachel Squire
Mr Gerald Howarth

The following members of the International Development Committee were also present, pursuant to S.O. No. 137(1)(b):


Tony BaldryMr Tony Colman
John BarrettMr Piara S Khabra
Ann ClwydMr Tony Worthington

The following members of the Trade and Industry Committee were also present, pursuant to S.O. No. 137(1)(b):


Mr Roger BerryMr Martin O'Neill
Mr Andrew Lansley


Mr Roger Berry was called to the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A(1)(d).

The Committees deliberated, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A(1)(d).

Draft Report [Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 2000, Licensing Policy and Prior Parliamentary Scrutiny], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 718, pp 69-71).

[Adjourned till Wednesday 17 July at half past Three o'clock


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WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Athens from 14 to 16 January 2003 in connection with its inquiry into developments in the EU.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 23 July at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 23 JULY 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley
Mr Andrew Mackinlay

The Committee deliberated.

Sir John Stanley declared a registered, non-pecuniary interest as Chairman of the Britain-Nepal All Party Group.

Draft Report [Private Military Companies], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Ninth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 922, pp 44-45).

Draft Report [Zimbabwe], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Tenth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 813, pp 25-26).


Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence on the Barcelona and Seville European Councils be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 22 October at Ten o'clock.


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WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Bill Olner
Mr Eric IllsleyMr Greg Pope
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism: Rt Hon Jack Straw, Member of the House, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Edward Chaplin, Director, Middle East/North Africa, Mr William Ehrman, Director, International Security, and Dr David Kelly, Adviser to Non-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Copenhagen European Council.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman and the Clerk do visit Copenhagen in October to attend the Conference of Foreign Affairs Committee Chairmen.

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 22 October at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Andrew Mackinlay
Sir Patrick CormackMr John Maples
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Biological Weapons Green Paper: Mr Tim Dowse, Head, Non-Proliferation Department and Mr Patrick Lamb, Deputy Head, Non-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 24 October at half past Three o'clock.


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THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Mr Eric IllsleyMr Bill Olner
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism: Dr John Chipman, Director, Mr Steven Simon, Assistant Director and Dr Gary Samore, Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation, International Institute of Strategic Studies; Professor Ian Brownlie CBE, QC, FBA, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, London School of Economics; and Lord Wright of Richmond GCMG, a Member of the House of Lords, and Sir Harold Walker KCMG, former diplomats, were examined.

In the absence of the Chairman, Sir John Stanley was called to the Chair.

[Adjourned till Monday 28 October at half past Four o'clock.


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MONDAY 28 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonSir John Stanley
Mr Andrew Mackinlay


The Committee deliberated.

Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism: Rt Hon Jack Straw, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Peter Ricketts CMG, Political Director, and Mr Tim Dowse, Head, Non-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 29 October at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2002

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr Bill Olner
Mr Andrew MackinlayMr Greg Pope
Mr John MaplesSir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 29 October at half past Four o'clock.


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TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2002

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Eric IllsleySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 5 November at Ten o'clock.


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TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Donald Anderson, in the Chair


Mr David ChidgeyMr John Maples
Sir Patrick CormackMr Bill Olner
Mr Fabian HamiltonMr Greg Pope
Mr Andrew MackinlaySir John Stanley

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Gibraltar], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eleventh Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 973, pp 41-45).

Draft Report [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2002], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Twelfth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002 (HC 826, p 29).

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Iran in March 2003 in connection with its inquiry into Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

Ordered, That certain memoranda on Turkey be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Thursday 14 November at One o'clock.


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