Reforming the European Scrutiny System in the House of Commons - European Scrutiny Committee Contents

The European Scrutiny Committee

The European Scrutiny Committee is appointed under Standing Order No. 143 to examine European Union documents.

Current membership

Mr William Cash MP (Conservative, Stone) (Chair)

Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative, High Peak)

Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative, Hertsmere)

Michael Connarty MP (Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Geraint Davies MP (Labour/Cooperative, Swansea West)

Julie Elliott MP (Labour, Sunderland Central)

Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat, Westmorland and Lonsdale)

Nia Griffith MP (Labour, Llanelli)

Chris Heaton-Harris MP (Conservative, Daventry)

Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour, Luton North)

Chris Kelly MP (Conservative, Dudley South)

Stephen Phillips MP (Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham)

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Conservative, North East Somerset)

Mrs Linda Riordan MP (Labour/Cooperative, Halifax)

Henry Smith MP (Conservative, Crawley)

Ian Swales MP (Liberal Democrat, Redcar)

The following members were also members of the committee during the parliament:

Sandra Osborne MP (Labour, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)

Jim Dobbin MP (Labour/Co-op, Heywood and Middleton)

Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative, Portsmouth North)

Mr Joe Benton MP (Labour, Bootle)


The committee's powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No 143. The scrutiny reserve resolution, passed by the House, provides that Ministers should not give agreement to EU proposals which have not been cleared by the European Scrutiny Committee, or on which, when they have been recommended by the Committee for debate, the House has not yet agreed a resolution. The scrutiny reserve resolution is printed with the House's Standing Orders, which are available at

Committee staff

The staff of the Committee are Sarah Davies (Clerk), David Griffiths (Clerk Adviser), Terry Byrne (Clerk Adviser), Leigh Gibson (Clerk Adviser), Peter Harborne (Clerk Adviser), Paul Hardy (Legal Adviser) (Counsel for European Legislation), Joanne Dee (Assistant Legal Adviser) (Assistant Counsel for European Legislation), Hannah Finer (Assistant to the Clerk), Julie Evans (Senior Committee Assistant), Jane Lauder (Committee Assistant), Beatrice Woods (Committee Assistant), John Graddon (Committee Assistant), and Paula Saunderson (Office Support Assistant).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the European Scrutiny Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is (020) 7219 3292/5465. The Committee's email address is

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