The Trade and Industry Committee is appointed to
examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Department of Trade and Industry (and any associated
public bodies). Its constitution and powers are set out in House
of Commons Standing Order No. 152.
The Committee has a maximum of eleven 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* :
Tony Baldry MP (Conservative,Banbury)§
Roger Berry MP (Labour, Kingswood)§
John Butterfill MP (Conservative,
Christopher Chope MP
Jim Cunningham MP (Labour,
Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley)
Bob Laxton MP (Labour, Derby North)§
Alasdair Morgan MP (SNP, Galloway & Upper
Martin O'Neill MP (Labour,
Linda Perham MP (Labour,Ilford
Helen Southworth MP (Labour,Warrington
On 16 July 1997, the Committee elected Mr Martin
O'Neill 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
Kingdom. The Committee may meet concurrently with other committees
or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 and
with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees)
for the purpose of deliberating, taking evidence or considering
draft reports. The Committee may exchange documents and evidence
with any of these committees, as well as with the House's Public
Accounts, Deregulation and Environmental Audit committees.
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
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the end of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Trade and Industry Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is:
020 7219 5779/5777; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]
* Alan Johnson MP (Labour, Hull West & Hessle)
was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 19 February 1998;
Hon David Prior MP (Conservative, Norfolk North), was appointed
on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 15 June 1998; Joan Walley MP
(Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North) was appointed on 9 July
1997 and discharged on 22 June 1998; Gillian Merron (Labour,
Lincoln) was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 9
November 1998; John Bercow (Conservative, Buckingham) was
appointed on 15 June 1998 and discharged on 5 July 1999.
§ Appointed on 9 July 1997
Appointed on 19 February
on 22 June 1998
Appointed on 9 November
on 5 July 1999