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The Catering Committee

The Catering Committee is appointed to consider the catering services provided for the House of Commons. Its constitution and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 142.

The Committee has a maximum of nine 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:1

Janet Anderson MP (Labour, Rossendale & Darwen)
Mr Peter Atkinson MP (Conservative, Hexham)2

Mr Ronnie Campbell MP (Labour, Blyth Valley)
Tony Cunningham MP (Labour, Workington)
Mrs Janet Dean MP (Labour, Burton)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley)
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP (Conservative, Bromsgrove)
Mr Simon Thomas MP (Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion)
Mr Dennis Turner MP (Labour, Wolverhampton South East)

On 17 October 2001, the Committee elected Mr Dennis Turner 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.

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 select committees or sub-committees of either House of Parliament 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 the House of Commons Commission.

The reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by the order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet at

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Catering Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is: 020 7219 2471.

1   Mrs Jacqui Lait MP (Conservative, Beckenham) was appointed on 19 July 2001 and discharged on 28 October 2002.

2   Appointed on 28 October 2002.

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