Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs Seventh Report

The Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Constitutional Affairs Committee (previously the Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department) is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Constitutional Affairs and associated public bodies.

Current membership

Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Liberal Democrat, Berwick-upon-Tweed) (Chairman)

Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative, Worthing West)

Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative, Hertsmere)

Ross Cranston MP (Labour, Dudley North)

Mrs Ann Cryer MP (Labour, Keighley)

Mr Jim Cunningham MP (Labour, Coventry South)

Mr Hilton Dawson MP (Labour, Lancaster and Wyre)

Andrew Rosindell MP (Conservative, Romford)

Mr Clive Soley MP (Labour, Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush)

Keith Vaz MP (Labour, Leicester East)

Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour, Southampton Test)


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

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Roger Phillips (Clerk), Dr John Gearson (Second Clerk), Richard Poureshagh (Committee Assistant), Alexander Horne (Legal Specialist), Julie Storey (Secretary), Tes Stranger (Senior Office Clerk) and Adèle Brown (Committee Media Officer).


Correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 8196 and the email address is

Media enquiries can be addressed to Adèle Brown, Committee Media Officer, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Telephone number 020 7219 0724 / 07711 155 722 and email address

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