The International Development Committee
The International Development Committee is appointed
to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure,
administration and policy of the Department for International
Development. Its constitution and powers are set out in House
of Commons Standing Order No. 152.
The Committee has a maximum of eleven Members, of
whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three. 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 since its nomination on
14 July 1997 is as follows:
Mr Dennis Canavan MP (Falkirk West, Labour) (discharged
Ann Clwyd MP (Cynon Valley, Labour)
Mr Tony Colman MP (Putney, Labour) (added 06.06.2000)
Barbara Follett MP (Stevenage, Labour)
Mr Bernie Grant MP (Tottenham, Labour) (deceased, 08.04.2000)
Mr Nigel Jones MP (Cheltenham, Liberal Democrat) (added
Mr Piara S Khabra MP (Ealing Southall, Labour)
Ms Oona King MP (Bethnal Green, Labour)
Ms Tess Kingham MP (Gloucester, Labour)
Mr Andrew Robathan MP (Blaby, Conservative)
Mr Andrew Rowe MP (Faversham and Mid Kent, Conservative)
Dr Jenny Tonge MP (Richmond Park, Liberal Democrat) (discharged
Mr Bowen Wells MP (Hertford and Stortford, Conservative)
Mr Tony Worthington MP (Clydebank and Milngavie, Labour) (added
Mr Bowen Wells was elected Chairman on 16 July 1997.
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to
make Reports to the House. In the footnotes to this Report, references
to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question
number, references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Evidence'
followed by a page number.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United
Kingdom. The Committee may meet concurrently with other committees
or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 and
with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees)
for the purposes of deliberating, taking evidence or considering
draft reports. The Committee may exchange documents and evidence
with any of these committees, as well as with the House's Public
Accounts, Deregulation and Environmental Audit Committees.
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
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the end of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the International Development Committee, House of Commons,
7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general
inquiries is: 020 7219 1221; the Committee's e-mail address is: