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Government discusses Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

4 January 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Summit Unit at the Cabinet Office, Mr Tim Hitchens, on the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.


Wednesday 10 January, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Mr Tim Hitchens, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Summit Unit, Cabinet Office

Possible questions

  • What specific outcomes do the Government hope achieve from (a) the Heads of Government Meeting and (b) the UK's two years of Chair-in-Office?
  • What support is the Government giving to the organisation of the Summit and to our relations with the Commonwealth generally?
  • What are the UK's priorities for the Commonwealth in the next five years?
  • Has the prospect of Brexit altered the Government's approach towards the Commonwealth?
  • What impact might revitalising the Commonwealth have on our relations with other long-standing friends and emerging powers in the Pacific and Asia?
  • Which institutions does the Commonwealth most closely work with?
  • Are there any partnerships the Commonwealth to initiate or deepen?
  • What benefits do Member States derive from today's Commonwealth?

Further information

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