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Minutes of Proceedings The Culture, Media and Sport Committee


The Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Membership and Powers

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is appointed to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its associated public bodies. The Committee's constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 152.

The Committee has a maximum of 11 Members, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three. 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[1]:

    Mr Gerald Kaufman MP (Labour, Manchester Gorton)[2]
    Mr David Faber MP (Conservative, Westbury)[3]
    Mr Ronnie Fearn MP (Liberal Democrat, Southport)[2]
    Mr Christopher Fraser MP (Conservative, Dorset Mid and Poole North)[2]
    Mrs Llin Golding MP (Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme)[2]
    Mr Alan Keen MP (Labour, Feltham and Heston)[2]
    Miss Julie Kirkbride MP (Conservative, Bromsgrove)[4]
    Mr John Maxton MP (Labour, Glasgow Cathcart)[2]
    Mrs Diana Organ MP (Labour, Forest of Dean)[5]
    Ms Claire Ward MP (Labour, Watford)[2]
    Derek Wyatt MP (Labour, Sittingbourne and Sheppey)[2]

On 17 July 1997, the Committee elected Mr Gerald Kaufman as its Chairman.

The Committee has the powers to require the submission of documents, to examine witnesses and to publish Reports to the House accompanied by the evidence it has gathered. The Committee may meet during the Adjournment of the House and may hold meetings away from Westminster. The Committee may meet concurrently with other committees or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 for the purposes of deliberating, taking evidence or considering draft Reports. The Committee may meet concurrently with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees) or the Environmental Audit Committee for the purposes of deliberating or taking evidence. The Committee may exchange documents and evidence with any of these committees, as well as with the House's Public Accounts and Deregulation Committees.

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All Reports of the Committee, including published evidence, together with press notices issued by the Committee, are available on the Committee's homepage at on the Internet.

All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 6188; the Committee's e-mail address is

1  Mr Damian Green MP (Conservative, Ashford) was appointed on 14 July 1997 and discharged on 22 June 1998; Mr Roger Stott MP (Labour, Wigan) was appointed on 14 July 1997 and died on 9 August 1999; and Mr Michael Fabricant MP (Conservative, Lichfield) was appointed on 14 July 1997 and discharged on 1 November 1999.Back
2  Appointed on 14 July 1997.Back
3  Appointed on 22 June 1998.Back
4  Appointed on 1 November 1999.Back
5  Appointed on 6 December 1999.Back
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