The House agreed to commit the Armed Forces Bill
to a Select Committee on 9 January 2001 and ordered the Committee
to report on or before Thursday 15 March.
The following were appointed members of the Committee
on 9 January 2001:
Mr David Clelland MP
(Labour, Tyne Bridge)
Mr David Crausby MP (Labour, Bolton North East)
Mr Quentin Davies MP (Conservative, Grantham and
Mr Paul Keetch MP (Liberal Democrat, Hereford)
Mr Robert Key MP (Conservative, Salisbury)
Dr Lewis Moonie MP (Labour/Co-op, Kirkcaldy)
Mr John Randall MP (Conservative, Uxbridge)
Mr John Spellar MP (Labour, Warley)
Rachel Squire MP (Labour, Dunfermline West)
Ms Dari Taylor MP (Labour, Stockton South)
Mr David Watts MP (Labour, St Helens North)
On 16 January, the Committee elected Rachel Squire
as its Chairman.
The Motion appointing the Committee set the quorum
as three and gave the Committee the power to meet away from Westminster,
and to appoint a specialist adviser.
The Committee was given the power to require the
submission of written evidence and to examine witnesses. This
evidence is published in Volume II of the Special Report. In the
footnotes to this Special Report, references to oral evidence
are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number; references
to written evidence are indicated by the Appendix number, followed
by 'Ev' and a page number.