The Procedure Committee
The Procedure Committee is appointed to consider
the practice and procedure of the House of Commons in the conduct
of public business and to make recommendations. Its constitution
and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No 147.
The Committee has a maximum of seventeen members,
of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is five. The members
of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged
remain on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament.
The present membership of the Committee is as follows:
Mr Nicholas Winterton
MP (Conservative, Macclesfield)
Mr Tony Banks MP (Labour, West Ham)
Rt Hon A J Beith MP (Liberal Democrat, Berwick-upon-Tweed)
Sir Paul Beresford MP (Conservative, Mole Valley)
Mr Colin Burgon MP (Labour, Elmet)
Mr Keith Darvill MP (Labour, Upminster)
Mr David Drew MP (Labour/Co-operative, Stroud)
Mr Clive Efford MP (Labour, Eltham)
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons MP (Labour, Rochdale)
Rt Hon Eric Forth MP (Conservative, Bromley and
Mr Barry Gardiner MP (Labour, Brent North)
Mr Nigel Griffiths JP MP (Labour, Edinburgh South)
Mr Eric Illsley MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)
Mr Andrew Stunell OBE MP (Liberal Democrat, Hazel
On 28 October 1997, the Committee elected Mr Nicholas
Winterton as its Chairman.
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to
make Reports to the House. In the footnotes to this Report, references
to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question
number, references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Ev'
followed by a page number.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet
at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/prochome.htm. A list of Reports
of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the end of this
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Procedure Committee, Journal Office, House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general inquiries is:
(020) 7219 3318; the Committee's e-mail address is: email@example.com.
1 Mr Damian Green MP (Conservative, Ashford)
was appointed on 31 July 19997 and discharged on 5 November 1998.
Chris McCafferty MP (Labour, Calder
Valley) was appointed on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 25
Helen Southworth MP (Labour, Warrington
South) was appointed on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 9 February
Mr Paul Stinchcombe MP (Labour, Wellingborough)
was appointed on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 16 April 1999.
Mr Robert Syms MP (Conservative,
Poole) was appointed on 5 November 1998 and discharged on
26 November 1999.
Mr Paul Tyler MP (Liberal Democrat,
Cornwall North) was appointed on 31 July 1997 and discharged
on 7 November 1997.
Mr Edward Davey MP (Liberal Democrat,
Kingston and Surbiton) was appointed on 7 November 1999 and
discharged on 14 February 2000. Back
31 July 1997. Back
25 November 1999. Back
14 February 2000. Back
9 February 1999. Back
26 November 1999. Back
16 April 1999. Back