The Foreign Affairs Committee
The Foreign Affairs Committee is appointed to examine
on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (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 (except when
it meets concurrently with another select committee to take oral
evidence, when its quorum 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:1
Rt Hon Donald Anderson MP
(Labour, Swansea East)1
David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)1
Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Conservative, Staffordshire South)1
Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour, Leeds North East)1
Eric Illsley MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)1
Andrew Mackinlay MP (Labour, Thurrock)1
John Maples MP (Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon)1
Bill Olner MP (Labour, Nuneaton)1
Greg Pope MP (Labour, Hyndburn)1
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP (Conservative, Tonbridge and
Gisela Stuart MP (Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston)1
On 19 July 2001, the Committee elected Mr Donald
Anderson 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, or where written evidence is contained
in an Appendix, 'Ev.' followed by a page number followed by 'Appendix...'.
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 exchange documents and evidence with
any other select committee or sub-committee of either House of
Parliament, it may meet concurrently with any of these committees
for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence, and with any
other select committee of the House of Commons for the purpose
of considering draft reports. The Committee may appoint one sub-committee.
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 www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/foraffcom.htm. A list of Reports
of the Committee in the present Parliament is published inside
the front cover of this Volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA. The telephone numbers for general inquiries are:
020 7219 6106/6105/6394; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]
on 18 July 2001.