The Select Committee on Modernisation of the House
of Commons is appointed to consider how the practices and procedures
of the House should be modernised. Its constitution and powers
are set out in the temporary Standing Order made on 4 June 1997.
The Committee has a maximum of fifteen 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 dissolution of Parliament, when
the Committee itself will cease to exist. The present membership
of the Committee is as follows:
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, and 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).
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/modhome.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 Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons,
Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The
telephone number for general inquiries is: (020) 7219 3318; the
Committee's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.Mr Joe Ashton MP (Labour, Bassetlaw) was appointed
on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 23 February 1998.
Mr David Drew (Labour, Stroud)
was appointed on 3 February 1998 and discharged on 20 January
Mr Huw Edwards MP (Labour, Monmouth)
was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 3 February 1998.
Rt Hon Alastair Goodlad MP (Conservative,
Eddisbury) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on
27 June 1997.
Mr Mike Hall MP (Labour, Weaver Vale) was appointed on
4 June 1997 and discharged on 5 November 1998.
Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Conservative,
South Staffordshire) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged
on 30 July 1997.
Rt Hon Mrs Gillian Shephard MP (Conservative, South West Norfolk)
was appointed on 27 June 1997 and discharged on 5 June 1998.
Rachel Squire MP (Labour, Dunfermline West) was appointed
on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 1 February 1999.
Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Labour, Milton
Keynes South West) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged
on 16 April 1999.
Rt Hon Mrs Ann Taylor MP (Labour, Dewsbury) was appointed
on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 29 July 1998.
Mr Stephen Twigg MP (Labour, Enfield,
Southgate) was appointed on 23 February 1998 and discharged
on 9 February 2000.
Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (Conservative, North West Hampshire)
was appointed on 5 June 1998 and discharged on 25 October 2000. Back
on 29 July 1998. Back
Appointed on 25 October 2000. Back
Appointed on 5 November 1998. Back
Appointed on 4 June 1997. Back
Appointed on 9 February 2000. Back
Appointed on 16 April 1999. Back
Appointed on 1 February 1999. Back
Appointed on 30 July 1997. Back
Appointed on 20 January 2000 Back
Mrs Ann Taylor was Chairman of the Committee from 11 June 1997
to 29 July 1998. Back