Select Committee on Home Affairs First Report

Home Affairs Committee

The Home Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies; the administration and expenditure of the Attorney General's Office, the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

Current membership

Mr John Denham MP (Labour, Southampton, Itchen) (Chairman)

Janet Anderson MP (Labour, Rossendale and Darwen)

Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative, Hertsmere)

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas MP (Labour, Crosby)

Mrs Janet Dean MP (Labour, Burton)

Mr Gwyn Prosser MP (Labour, Dover)

Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrat, Colchester)

Mr Marsha Singh MP (Labour, Bradford West)

Mr John Taylor MP (Conservative, Solihull)

Miss Ann Widdecombe MP (Conservative, Maidstone and The Weald)

David Winnick MP (Labour, Walsall North)


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 at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Dr Robin James (Clerk), Mr Mark Etherton (Second Clerk), Miss Jane Gordon (Committee Legal Specialist), Mr Alexander Horne (Committee Legal Specialist), Mr Ian Thomson (Committee Assistant), Mrs Carolyn Bowes (Chief Office Clerk) and Mrs Melanie Barklem (Secretary).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Home Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3276; the Committee's email address is .


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 by the page number as in 'Ev 12'.

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