Scrutiny Reform follow-up and Legacy Report - European Scrutiny Contents

The European Scrutiny Committee

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

Current membership

Sir 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)

Stephen Gilbert MP (Liberal Democrat, St Austell and Newquay)

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)

Mr Mike Thornton MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)

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

Mr Joe Benton MP (Labour, Bootle), Jim Dobbin MP (Labour/Co-op, Heywood and Middleton),
Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat, Westmorland and Lonsdale), Sandra Osborne MP (Labour, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock), Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative, Portsmouth North), Ian Swales MP (Liberal Democrat, Redcar)


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 reports are published on the Committee's website at and by The Stationery Office by Order of the House.

Evidence relating to this report is published on the Committee's website 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), Arnold Ridout (Legal Adviser) (Counsel for European Legislation), Joanne Dee (Assistant Legal Adviser) (Assistant Counsel for European Legislation), Joanna Welham (Second Clerk), Julie Evans (Senior Committee Assistant), Jane Bliss (Committee Assistant), Beatrice Woods (Committee Assistant), Paula Saunderson (Office Support Assistant) and Ravi Abhayaratne (Office Support Assistant).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the European Scrutiny Committee, 14 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NB. The telephone number for general enquiries is (020) 7219 3292/5465. The Committee's email address is

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