Select Committee on Trade and Industry Second Report

The Trade and Industry Committee is appointed to examine on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Trade and Industry (and any associated public bodies). 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 is as follows* :

    Tony Baldry MP (Conservative,Banbury
    Roger Berry MP (Labour, Kingswood
    John Butterfill MP (Conservative, Bournemouth West
    Christopher Chope MP (Conservative, Christchurch)**
    Jim Cunningham MP (Labour, Coventry South
    Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley)†
    Bob Laxton MP (Labour, Derby North
    Alasdair Morgan MP (SNP, Galloway & Upper Nithsdale
    Martin O'Neill MP (Labour, Ochil
    Linda Perham MP (Labour,Ilford North)#
    Helen Southworth MP (Labour,Warrington South)‡

    On 16 July 1997, the Committee elected Mr Martin O'Neill as its Chairman.

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 'Ev' 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 purpose 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 at 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 Trade and Industry Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 5779/5777; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]

*Alan Johnson MP (Labour, Hull West & Hessle) was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 19 February 1998; Hon David Prior MP (Conservative, Norfolk North), was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 15 June 1998; Joan Walley MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North) was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 22 June 1998; Gillian Merron (Labour, Lincoln) was appointed on 9 July 1997 and discharged on 9 November 1998; John Bercow (Conservative, Buckingham) was appointed on 15 June 1998 and discharged on 5 July 1999.
§Appointed on 9 July 1997
Appointed on 19 February 1998
#Appointed on 22 June 1998
Appointed on 9 November 1998
**Appointed on 5 July 1999

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