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; and the administration
and expenditure of the Attorney General's Office, the Treasury
Solicitor's Department, the Crown Prosecution Service and the
Serious Fraud Office.
Mr John Denham MP (Labour, Southampton, Itchen) (Chairman)
Janet Anderson MP (Labour, Rossendale and Darwen)
Mr David Cameron MP (Conservative, Witney)
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)
David Winnick MP (Labour, Walsall North)
Member was also a member of the Committee for part of this inquiry:
Miss Ann Widdecombe MP (Conservative,
Maidstone and The Weald)
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 www.parliament.uk.
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
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the back of this volume.
The current staff of the Committee are Dr Robin James (Clerk),
Mr Mark Etherton (Second Clerk), Kate Akester (Adviser (Sentencing
Guidelines)), Miss Jane Gordon (Committee Legal Specialist), Dr
Ben Morris (Committee Legal Specialist), Mr Ian Thomson (Committee
Assistant), Melanie Barklem (Secretary), and Mr John-Paul Flaherty
(Senior Office Clerk).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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'. All evidence for this inquiry is printed in Volume II.