Select Committee on Trade and Industry First Special Report

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 :

    Mr Roger Berry MP (Labour, Kingswood)
    Mr Richard Burden MP (Labour, Birmingham Northfield)
    Mr Christopher Chope MP (Conservative, Christchurch)
    Mr Jonathan Djanogly MP (Conservative, Huntingdon)
    Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley)
    Dr Ashok Kumar MP (Labour, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland)
    Mrs Jackie Lawrence MP (Labour, Preseli Pembrokeshire)
    Mr Martin O'Neill MP (Labour, Ochil)
    Mrs Linda Perham MP (Labour,Ilford North)
    Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
    Mr John Whittingdale MP (Conservative, Maldon and Chelmsford East)

    On 17 July 2001, 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 select committees or 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.

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 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:

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