Home Affairs Select Committee

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The Home Affairs Select Committee is a Committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


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

  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Reform of the Police Federation
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • The work of the Immigration Directorates
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Tobacco smuggling

Recent inquiries have focused on:

  • Asylum
  • European Union Justice and Home Affairs opt-out
  • e-Crime
  • Leadership and standards in the police
  • Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming
  • Drugs


As at June 2015, the Committee's only member is its Chair, Keith Vaz, with other members to be elected.[1] On 2 July 2015 new Labour MP, and former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer tweeted that he had been elected to join the committee. [2] Members in the 2014/15 session of Parliament were as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Keith Vaz MP (Chair) Labour Leicester East
Ian Austin MP Labour Dudley North
Nicola Blackwood MP Conservative Oxford West and Abingdon
James Clappison MP Conservative Hertsmere
Michael Ellis MP Conservative Northampton North
Paul Flynn MP Labour Newport West
Lorraine Fullbrook MP Conservative South Ribble
Dr Julian Huppert MP Liberal Democrat Cambridge
Yasmin Qureshi MP Labour Bolton South East
David Winnick MP Labour Walsall North

Source: Home Affairs Committee


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.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Mary Macleod MP (Conservative) Brentford and Isleworth James Clappison MP (Conservative) Hertsmere Hansard
14 February 2011 Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase Michael Ellis MP (Conservative) Northampton North Hansard
22 October 2012 Rt Hon Alun Michael MP (Labour Co-op) Cardiff South and Penarth
Vote & Proceedings
26 November 2012
Karl Turner MP (Labour) Kingston upon Hull East Hansard
4 February 2012 Karl Turner MP (Labour) Kingston upon Hull East Chris Ruane MP (Labour) Vale of Clwyd Hansard
4 November 2013 Steve McCabe MP (Labour) Birmingham, Selly Oak Ian Austin MP (Labour) Dudley North Hansard
4 November 2013 Bridget Phillipson MP (Labour) Houghton and Sunderland South Paul Flynn MP (Labour) Newport West Hansard
4 November 2013 Chris Ruane MP (Labour) Vale of Clwyd Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour) Bolton South East Hansard

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/616628174324137984. Retrieved 3 July 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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