UK Parliamentary Committee to Examine Policy towards Iran

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee is to examine the British government's policy towards Iran during the next parliamentary session starting from October, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA).  

The terms of reference are to "inquire into the role and policies of the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in relation to Iran," said the agency.  

The all-party group of MPs requested that those wishing to submit memoranda to do so no later than September 29th, according to IRNA.  

The inquiry comes nearly two years after the British government restored full diplomatic relations with Iran.  

Next week, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is due to visit Tehran since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, said IRNA.  

The various select committees of the House of Commons tend to choose several subjects for examination each year, receiving both written and oral evidence and publishing recommendations in reports that are non-binding on the government.  

In conducting their inquiries, the MPs have the formal power to send for "persons, papers and records," but rarely need to do so, said the agency -  


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