HOUSE OF COMMONS
The Committee has a maximum of seven members, of
whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is two. The members
of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged
remain on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament.
The present membership of the Committee is as follows:
Mr Joe Ashton MP (Labour, Bassetlaw)
Rt hon Kenneth Clarke MP (Conservative, Rushcliffe)
Mr Edward Davey MP (Liberal Democrat, Kingston
Ms Ruth Kelly MP (Labour, Bolton West)
Mr Richard Ottaway MP (Conservative, Croydon South)
Mr Chris Pond MP (Labour, Gravesham)
Dawn Primarolo MP (Labour, Bristol South)
HOUSE OF LORDS
The Committee has a maximum of six members, of whom
the quorum for any formal proceedings is two. The present membership
of the Committee is as follows:
Rt hon the Lord Brightman
Baroness Cohen of Pimlico
Rt hon the Lord Howe of Aberavon
The Joint Committee on Tax Simplification Bills is
appointed to consider tax simplification bills, and in particular
to consider whether each bill committed to it preserves the effect
of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, to meet
at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved),
to appoint specialist advisers, and to make Reports to the House.
The Lords Committee has power to agree with the Commons
in the appointment of a Chairman. The procedures of the Joint
Committee follow those of House of Commons Select Committees where
they differ from House of Lords Committees. The Chairman of the
Committee has the power to select amendments.
The Reports and evidence of the Joint Committee
are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the two Houses.
All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are
on the internet at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/tshome.htm.
The telephone number for general inquiries is 020 7219 2145.
On 18 January 2001, the Committee elected Kenneth
Clarke as its Chairman.