Select Committee on Home Affairs Fifth 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; 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 (but excluding individual cases and appointments and advice given within government by Law Officers).

Current membership
Mr John Denham MP (Labour, Southampton, Itchen) (Chairman)
Mr Richard Benyon MP (Conservative, Newbury)
Mr Jeremy Browne MP, (Liberal Democrat, Taunton)
Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative, Hertsmere)
Mrs Ann Cryer MP (Labour, Keighley)
Mrs Janet Dean MP (Labour, Burton)
Mr Shahid Malik MP (Labour, Dewsbury)
Margaret Moran MP (Labour, Luton South)
Gwyn Prosser MP (Labour, Dover)
Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrat, Colchester)
Martin Salter MP (Labour, Reading West)
Mr Richard Spring MP (Conservative, West Suffolk)
Mr Gary Streeter MP (Conservative, South West Devon)
Mr David Winnick MP (Labour, Walsall North)

The following Members were also Members of the Committee during the inquiry:
Colin Burgon (Labour, Elmet)
Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrat, North Devon)
Nick Herbert (Conservative, Arundel and South Downs)
Steve McCabe (Labour, Birmingham Hall Green)

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 since 2001 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), Kate Akester (Adviser (Sentencing Guidelines)), Martha Goyder (Committee Specialist), Ms Arabella Thorp (Immigration Control Inquiry Manager), Mr Ian Thomson (Committee Assistant), Jenny Pickard (Secretary) and Alison Forrester (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 .

In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. All oral evidence for this inquiry is printed in Volume III. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12' (written evidence published in Volume II is indicated as in 'Ev 12, HC 775-II, and written evidence published in Volume III is indicated as in 'Ev 12, HC 775-III).

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