Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills First Report



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:

    Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Conservative, Rushcliffe)
    Mr Parmjit Dhanda MP (Labour, Gloucester)
    Rt Hon Michael Jack MP (Conservative, Fylde)
    Mr David Laws MP (Liberal Democrat, Yeovil)
    Mr Chris Pond MP (Labour, Gravesham)
    Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP (Labour, Bristol South)
    Mr Anthony D Wright MP (Labour, Great Yarmouth)

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:

    Lord Blackwell (Conservative)
    Rt Hon Lord Brightman (Crossbencher)
    Baroness Cohen of Pimlico (Labour)
    Lord Goodhart QC (Liberal Democrat)
    Lord Haskel (Labour)
    Rt Hon Lord Howe of Aberavon Kt CH QC (Conservative)


JOINT COMMITTEE

The Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills is appointed to consider tax law rewrite 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 desirable.

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 the 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/parliamentary_committees/joint_committee_on_tax_rewrite_bills.cfm

The telephone number for general inquiries is 020 7219 8363.

On 14 January 2003, the Committee elected Kenneth Clarke as its Chairman.


 
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