Select Committee on Treasury Second Special Report

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 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 (all members were appointed on 16 July 2001):

    Mr Nigel Beard MP (Labour, Bexleyheath and Crayford)
    Mr Jim Cousins MP (Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
    Mr Michael Fallon MP (Conservative, Sevenoaks)
    Mr David Laws MP (Liberal Democrat, Yeovil)
    Mr John McFall MP (Labour/Co-operative, Dumbarton)
    Kali Mountford MP (Labour, Colne Valley)
    Mr George Mudie MP (Labour, Leeds East)
    Dr Nick Palmer MP (Labour, Broxtowe)
    Mr James Plaskitt MP (Labour, Warwick and Leamington)
    Mr David Ruffley MP (Conservative, Bury St Edmunds)
    Mr Andrew Tyrie MP (Conservative, Chichester)

On 18 July 2001, the Committee elected Mr John McFall 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 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. The Chairman is Mr Michael Fallon.

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 since the beginning of Session 2000-01 is at the end of this volume.

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:

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