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
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Reform of the Police Federation
- Police and Crime Commissioners
- The work of the Immigration Directorates
- Tobacco smuggling
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
As at June 2015, the Committee's only member is its Chair, Keith Vaz, with other members to be elected. 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.  Members in the 2014/15 session of Parliament were as follows:
|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.
|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|
- "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/616628174324137984. Retrieved 3 July 2015. Missing or empty