Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Fourth Report

The Foreign Affairs Committee is appointed under Standing Order No 152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and associated public bodies.

  The Committee consists of 12 Members. It has a quorum of three. Unless the House otherwise orders, all members nominated to the Committee continue to be members of it for the remainder of the Parliament.

  The Committee has power:

  (a)  to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from time to time;

  (b)  to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the Committee's order of reference;

  (c)  to communicate to any other committee appointed under the same Standing Order (or to the European Scrutiny Committee, the Committee of Public Accounts, the Deregulation Committee or to the Environmental Audit Committee) its evidence and any other documents relating to matters of common interest;

  (d)  to meet concurrently with any other such committee for the purposes of deliberating, taking evidence, or considering draft reports or with the European Scrutiny Committee or any Sub-Committee thereof for the purposes of deliberating or taking evidence.

  The membership of the Committee since its nomination on 17 July 1997 has been as follows:

Mr Donald Anderson, Swansea East (Chairman)

Ms Diane Abbott, Hackney
North and Stoke Newington
Rt Hon Mrs Virginia Bottomley,  South West Surrey
(discharged 25.1.99)
Rt Hon Sir Peter Emery, East Devon
Mr Norman A Godman, Greenock
   and Inverclyde
Mr David Heath, Somerton and
Mr Eric Illsley, Barnsley Central
Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Thurrock

Mr Ernie Ross, Dundee West
(discharged 22.3.99)
Mr Ted Rowlands, Merthyr Tydfil and
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, Tonbridge
   and Malling
Dr Phyllis Starkey, Milton Keynes South West (added 22.3.99)
Mr David Wilshire, Spelthorne
Mr Shaun Woodward, Witney
(added 25.1.99)

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