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 Chislehurst)
Mr Nigel Griffiths JP MP (Labour, Edinburgh South)
Mr Eric Illsley MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)
Mr David Lammy MP, (Labour, Tottenham)
Mr Andrew Stunell OBE MP (Liberal Democrat, Hazel
On 28 October 1997, the Committee elected Mr Nicholas Winterton
as its Chairman.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place. 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Mr Damian Green MP (Conservative, Ashford)
was appointed on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 5 November 1998.
Chris McCafferty MP (Labour, Calder Valley) was appointed
on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 25 November 1999.
Mr Barry Gardiner (Labour, Brent North) was appointed on
31 July 1997 and discharged on 25 January 2001.
Helen Southworth MP (Labour, Warrington South) was appointed
on 31 July 1997 and discharged on 9 February 1999.
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
25 January 2001. Back