The Treasury Committee
The Treasury Committee is appointed to examine on
behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Treasury, the Board of Inland Revenue and the
Board of Customs and Excise (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 twelve 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, and the date of appointment
of each member, are as follows:
Mr Nigel Beard MP (Labour,
Bexleyheath and Crayford) 21 February 2000
Mr Jim Cousins MP (Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central) 16
Mr Edward Davey MP (Liberal Democrat, Kingston and Surbiton) 22
Mr Michael Fallon MP (Conservative, Sevenoaks) 5 July
Mr David Kidney MP (Labour, Stafford) 2 March 1998
Judy Mallaber MP (Labour, Amber Valley) 29 January
Mr James Plaskitt MP (Labour, Warwick and Leamington) 29
Mr Giles Radice MP (Labour, Durham North) 16 July 1997
Mr David Ruffley MP (Conservative, Bury St Edmunds) 30
Mr Brian Sedgemore MP (Labour, Hackney South and Shoreditch) 16
Sir Michael Spicer MP (Conservative, Worcestershire West) 16
Sir Teddy Taylor MP (Conservative, Rochford and Southend East) 16
On 17 July 1997, the Committee elected Mr Giles Radice
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.
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 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 Committee has power to appoint one Sub-committee,
which has similar powers to the main Committee, except that it
reports to the main Committee, which then reports to the House.
All members of the Committee are members of the Sub-committee,
and the Chairman is Sir Michael Spicer.
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/treahome.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 Treasury Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London
SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is (020)
7219 5769; the Committee's e-mail address is: email@example.com.
1 Previous members of the Committee: Mrs Liz Blackman
(Labour, Erewash) (discharged on 29 January 2001); Mr Malcolm
Bruce (Liberal Democrat, Gordon) (discharged on 31 July
1998); Dr Vincent Cable (Liberal Democrat, Twickenham)
(appointed on 31 July 1998 and discharged on 22 November 1999);
Mr Charles Clarke (Labour, Norwich South) (discharged on
9 November 1998); Mr Tony Colman (Labour, Putney) (discharged
on 2 March 1998); Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative, Grantham
and Stamford) (discharged on 15 June 1998); Mr Nick Gibb (Conservative,
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton) (appointed on 15 June 1998
and discharged on 30 November 1998); Ruth Kelly (Labour, Bolton
West) (discharged on 9 November 1998); Sir Peter Lloyd (Conservative,
Fareham) (discharged on 5 July 1999); Dr Lewis Moonie (Labour,
Kirkcaldy) (appointed on 9 November 1998 and discharged on
21 February 2000); Jacqui Smith (Labour, Redditch) (appointed
on 9 November 1998 and discharged on 29 November 1999). Except
where otherwise stated, these members were appointed on 16 July