Select Committee on Procedure Fourth Report

The Procedure Committee

The Procedure Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to consider the practice and procedure of the House in the conduct of public business, and to make recommendations.

Current membership

Sir Nicholas Winterton MP (Conservative, Macclesfield) (Chairman)

Mr Peter Atkinson MP (Conservative, Hexham)

Mr John Burnett MP (Liberal Democrat, Torridge and West Devon)

David Hamilton MP (Labour, Midlothian)

Mr Eric Illsley MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)

Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Labour, Ogmore)

Eric Joyce MP (Labour, Falkirk West)

Mr Iain Luke MP (Labour, Dundee East)

Rosemary McKenna MP (Labour, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth)

Mr Tony McWalter MP (Labour, Hemel Hempstead)

Sir Robert Smith MP (Liberal Democrat, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Mr Desmond Swayne MP (Conservative, New Forest West)

David Wright MP (Labour, Telford)


The powers of the committee are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No 147. 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 at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Simon Patrick and Jenny McCullough (Clerks) and Susan Morrison (Committee Assistant).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerks of the Procedure Committee, Journal Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3318; the Committee's email address is

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