The Scottish Affairs Committee
The Scottish Affairs Committee is appointed to examine
on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Scotland Office (including (i) relations with
the Scottish Parliament and (ii) administration and expenditure
of the offices of the Advocate General for Scotland (but excluding
individual cases and advice given within government by the Advocate
General)). 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:
Mrs Irene Adams MP (Labour,
Mr Peter Atkinson MP (Conservative, Hexham)
Mr Alistair Carmichael MP (Liberal Democrat, Orkney and Shetland)
Mr Peter Duncan MP (Conservative, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale)
Mr Eric Joyce MP (Labour, Falkirk West)
Mr Mark Lazarowicz MP (Labour/Co-op, Edinburgh North and Leith)
Mr John Lyons MP (Labour, Strathkelvin and Bearsden)
Ann McKechin MP (Labour, Glasgow Maryhill)
Mr John Robertson MP (Labour, Glasgow Anniesland)
Mr Mohammed Sarwar MP (Labour, Glasgow Govan)
Mr Michael Weir MP (SNP, Angus)
On 17 October 2001, the Committee elected Mrs Irene Adams
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. Evidence for this inquiry has been
published in several House of Commons papers over three Sessions.
The full House of Commons Paper references are given in all footnotes.
The "Q" numbers denote questions and responses during
oral evidence sessions. They too have been differentiated by Session.
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 and Deregulation 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 at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/scothome.htm
on the Internet.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Scottish Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of
Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for
general inquiries is: 020 7219 6123; the Committee's e-mail address
1 Mr David Marshall MP (Labour, Glasgow Shettleston),
was appointed on 16 July 2001 and discharged on 19 July 2001. Back
on 19 July 2001. Back
on 16 July 2001. Back