Home Affairs Select Committee
The Home Affairs Committee is one of the House of Commons Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies".
The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.
At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the internet. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.
Current inquiries are focusing on
- Reform of the Police Funding Formula
- Countering extremism
- The work of the Immigration Directorates
- Police investigations and the role of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
- The work of the Home Office
- European migrant crisis
- Immigration skill shortages
- The work of the Home Secretary
- Psychoactive substances
Recent inquiries have focused on:
- European Union Justice and Home Affairs opt-out
- Leadership and standards in the police
- Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming
- Hate Crime
Yvette Cooper took the position of Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 October 2016 and was re-elected to the position on 12 July 2017.
The remaining members of the Committee were formally appointed on 12 September 2017.
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.
Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee
|Yvette Cooper||Labour||Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford||19 October 2016||Elected by the House of Commons|
|Keith Vaz||Labour||Leicester East||26 July 2007||Elected by the Select Committee|
|John Denham||Labour||Southampton Itchen||15 July 2003||Elected by the Select Committee|
|Chris Mullin||Labour||Sunderland South||18 July 2001||Elected by the Select Committee|
|Robin Corbett||Labour||Birmingham Erdington||19 October 1999||Elected by the Select Committee|
|Chris Mullin||Labour||Sunderland South||17 July 1997||Elected by the Select Committee|
|Ivan Lawrence||Conservative||Burton||15 July 1992||Elected by the Select Committee|
|John Wheeler||Conservative||Westminster North||June 1987||Elected by the Select Committee|
From June 2010 chairs of select committees have been directly elected by a secret ballot of the whole House of Commons using the alternative vote system. Candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and their votes redistributed until one remaining candidate has more than half of valid votes. Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.
|12 July 2017|
|19 October 2016|
|Candidate||1st round||2nd round||3rd round|
|17 June 2015|
|9 June 2010|
- House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Hate crime: abuse, hate and extremism online, published 1 May 2017
- "Home Affairs Committee membership confirmed - News from Parliament". UK Parliament.
- "Yvette Cooper elected Chair of Home Affairs Committee - News from Parliament". UK Parliament.
- "Standing Orders of the House of Commons". publications.parliament.uk.
- Priddy, Sarah (16 October 2018). "Chairs of Commons select committees since 2010" – via researchbriefings.parliament.uk. Cite journal requires