Select Committee on Trade and Industry Third Report


The Trade and Industry Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Trade and Industry and its associated public bodies.

Current Membership

Roger Berry MP (Labour, Kingswood)

Richard Burden MP (Labour, Birmingham Northfield)

Jonathan Djanogly MP (Conservative, Huntingdon)

Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley)

Dr Ashok Kumar MP (Labour, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland)

Philip Hammond (Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge)

Andrew Lansley MP (Conservative, Cambridgeshire South)

Jackie Lawrence MP (Labour, Preseli, Pembrokeshire)

Martin O'Neill MP (Labour, Ochil)

Linda Perham MP (Labour, Ilford North)

Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

The following was also a member of the Committee during this inquiry:

Christopher Chope MP (Conservative, Christchurch)


The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No.152. These are available on the Internet via .


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 A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is on the inside of the front cover.


All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Trade and Industry Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The Committee's e-mail address is:; the telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 5777.


In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated in the form 'Ev x'.

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