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The Information Committee

The Information Committee is appointed to consider the information services provided for the House of Commons. Its constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 142.

The Committee has a maximum of nine 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 Richard Allan MP (Liberal Democrat, Sheffield, Hallam)
Michael Fabricant MP (Conservative, Lichfield)
Mr Neil Gerrard MP (Labour, Walthamstow)
Mr Peter Luff MP (Conservative, Mid Worcestershire)
Ann McKechin MP (Labour, Glasgow Maryhill)
John Mann MP (Labour, Bassetlaw)2

Margaret Moran MP (Labour, Luton South)
Mr Gwyn Prosser MP (Labour, Dover)
Jim Sheridan MP (Labour, West Renfrewshire)2

On 22 October 2001, the Committee elected Michael Fabricant 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 select committees or sub-committees of either House of Parliament 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 the House fo Commons Commission.

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

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Information Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 2471.

1   Mr Michael Connarty MP (Labour, Falkirk East) and Julia Drown MP (Labour, South Swindon) were appointed on 16 July 2001 and discharged on 19 November 2002.

2   Appointed on 19 November 2001.

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