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 James Clappison MP (Conservative, Hertsmere)
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas MP (Labour, Crosby)
Mrs Janet Dean MP (Labour, Burton)
Mr Damian Green MP (Conservative, Ashford)
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)
The following Members were also members of the Committee for part
of this inquiry: Mr John Bercow MP (Conservative, Buckingham),
Mr David Cameron MP (Conservative, Witney) and 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
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 www.parliament.uk/homeaffairscom. 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)), Dr Ben Morris (Committee Legal Specialist), Mr Ian
Thomson (Committee Assistant), Rowena Macdonald (Secretary) and
Mr John-Paul Flaherty (Senior Office Clerk). Miss Jane Gordon
was a Committee Legal Specialist during this inquiry.
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 email@example.com .
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.