Select Committee on Welsh Affairs First Special Report

The Welsh Affairs Committee

The Welsh Affairs Committee is appointed to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration and policy of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (including relations with the National Assembly for Wales). Its constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 152.

The Committee has a maximum of eleven Members of Parliament, 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, which was appointed on 16 July 2001, is as follows:

Mr Martin Caton MP (Labour, Gower)

Dr Hywel Francis, MP (Labour, Aberavon)

Mr Martyn Jones MP (Labour, Clwyd South)

Ms Julie Morgan MP (Labour, Cardiff North)

Mr Albert Owen MP (Labour, Ynys Môn)

Mr Adam Price MP (Plaid Cymru, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Mr Mark Prisk MP (Conservative, Hertford and Stortford)

Mr Chris Ruane MP (Labour, Vale of Clwyd)

Mr Bill Wiggin MP (Conservative, Leominster)

Mrs Betty Williams MP (Labour, Conwy)

Mr Roger Williams MP (Liberal Democrat, Brecon and Radnorshire)

On 17 July 2001, the Committee elected Mr Martyn Jones 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 and with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its 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, as well as with the House's Public Accounts, Deregulation and Environmental Audit 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 Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 6189; the Committee's e-mail address is

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