Select Committee on Scottish Affairs Second Report

The Scottish Affairs Committee

The Scottish Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Scotland Office (including (i) relations with the Scottish Parliament and (ii) administration and expenditure of the office of the Advocate General for Scotland (but excluding individual cases and advice given within government by the Advocate General)).

Current membership

Mrs Irene Adams MP (Labour, Paisley North) (Chairman)

Mr Alistair Carmichael MP (Liberal Democrat, Orkney and Shetland)

Mr Peter Duncan MP (Conservative, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale)

Mr David Hamilton MP (Labour, Midlothian)

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Conservative, Bridgwater)

Mr John Lyons MP (Labour, Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Mr John MacDougall MP (Labour, Fife Central)

Ann McKechin MP (Labour, Glasgow Maryhill)

John Robertson MP (Labour, Glasgow Anniesland)

Mr Mohammed Sarwar MP (Labour, Glasgow Govan)

Mr Michael Weir MP (SNP, Angus)


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 Mike Clark (Clerk), Diane Nelson (Committee Assistant) and Camilla Brace (Secretary).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 6295; the Committee's email address is

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