Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons First Report

The Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons

The Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons is appointed by the House of Commons to consider how the House operates and to make recommendations for modernisation.

Current membership

Mr Jack Straw (Labour, Blackburn) (Chairman)

Mr Paul Burstow, (Liberal Democrat, Sutton & Cheam)

Ms Dawn Butler (Labour, Brent South)

Ann Coffey (Labour, Stockport)

Mr Philip Davies (Conservative, Shipley)

Mr George Howarth (Labour, Knowsley North & Sefton East)

Mr Greg Knight (Conservative, Yorkshire East)

Mark Lazarowicz (Labour/Co-operative, Edinburgh North and Leith)

Mrs Theresa May (Conservative, Maidenhead)

Mr Adrian Sanders, (Liberal Democrat, Torbay)

Mr Richard Shepherd (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)

Sir Peter Soulsby (Labour, Leicester South)

Paddy Tipping (Labour, Sherwood)

Sir Nicholas Winterton (Conservative, Macclesfield)

Mr Iain Wright (Labour, Hartlepool)

The following Members were also members of the Committee during the Parliament:

Liz Blackman (Labour, Erewash)

Chris Grayling (Conservative, Epsom and Ewell)

Mr David Heath (Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome)

Mr Geoffrey Hoon (Labour, Ashfield) (Chairman)

Jessica Morden (Labour, Newport East

Graham Stringer (Labour, Manchester Blackley)

Andrew Stunell (Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove)

Mr Edward Vaizey (Conservative, Wantage)

Lynda Waltho (Labour, Stourbridge)


The powers of the Committee are set out in an Appendix to the House of Commons Standing Orders. 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 Report.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Helen Irwin and Gordon Clarke (Clerks), Susan Morrison (Committee Assistant) and Jane Cooper (Secretary).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk, Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, Journal Office, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA . The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3318; the Committee's email address is

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