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The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Northern Ireland Office (but excluding individual cases and advice given by the Crown Solicitor); and other matters within the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (but excluding the expenditure, administration and policy of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Northern Ireland and the drafting of legislation by the Office of the Legislative Counsel).

Current membership

Mr Laurence Robertson MP (Conservative, Tewkesbury) (Chair)

Mr David Anderson MP (Labour, Blaydon)

Mr Joe Benton MP (Labour, Bootle)

Oliver Colvile MP (Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)

Mr Stephen Hepburn MP (Labour, Jarrow)

Lady Hermon MP (Independent, North Down)

Kate Hoey MP (Labour, Vauxhall)

Naomi Long MP (Alliance, Belfast East)

Jack Lopresti MP (Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke)

Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP (SDLP, Belfast South)

Nigel Mills MP (Conservative, Amber Valley)

Ian Paisley MP (DUP, North Antrim)

Andrew Percy MP (Conservative, Brigg and Goole)

David Simpson MP (DUP, Upper Bann)


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


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 inquiry page of the Committee's website.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Mike Clark (Clerk), Ami Cochrane (Legal Assistant), Nicholas Taylor (Senior Committee Assistant), and Jessica Bridges-Palmer (Media Officer).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 14 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NB. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 2173; the Committee's email address is

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