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The Welsh Affairs Select Committee (or simply the 'Welsh Affairs Committee') is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Wales Office, and relations with the Welsh Assembly.[1]

Membership 2005–2010[edit]

At the start of the 2005–2010 Parliament, the committee's membership was:[2]

Member Party Constituency
Dr. Hywel Francis MP (Chair) Labour Aberavon
Stephen Crabb MP Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire
David Davies MP Conservative Monmouth
Nia Griffith MP Labour Llanelli
Sian James MP Labour Swansea East
David Jones MP Conservatives Clwyd West
Martyn Jones MP Labour Clwyd South
Madeleine Moon MP Labour Bridgend
Betty Williams MP Labour Conwy
Mark Williams MP Liberal Democrat Ceredigion
Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru Caernarfon

2005–2010 changes[edit]

Changes between 2005 and 2010 are not known.

Membership 2010–2015[edit]

At the dissolution of the 2010–2015 Parliament, the committee's membership was:[3]

Member Party Constituency
David Davies MP (Chair) Conservative Monmouth
Guto Bebb MP Conservative Aberconwy
Simon Hart MP Conservative Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Glyn Davies MP Conservatives Montgomeryshire
Karen Lumley MP Conservatives Redditch
Stephen Doughty MP Labour Cardiff South and Penarth
Nia Griffith MP Labour Llanelli
Sian James MP Labour Swansea East
Jessica Morden MP Labour Newport East
Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Mark Williams MP Liberal Democrat Ceredigion

2010–2015 changes[edit]

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
and party
Constituency New member
and party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Glyn Davies MP (Conservative) Montgomeryshire Stuart Andrew MP (Conservative) Pudsey Hansard
22 November 2010 Nia Griffith MP (Labour) Llanelli Siân James MP (Labour) Swansea East Hansard
27 June 2011 Alun Cairns MP (Conservative) Vale of Glamorgan Robin Walker MP (Conservative) Worcester Hansard
28 November 2011 Owen Smith MP (Labour) Pontypridd Nia Griffith MP (Labour) Llanelli Hansard
5 November 2012 Stuart Andrew MP (Conservative) Pudsey Glyn Davies MP (Conservative) Montgomeryshire Hansard
26 November 2012 Susan Jones MP (Labour) Clwyd South Stephen Doughty MP (Labour) Cardiff South and Penarth Hansard
3 December 2012 Robin Walker MP (Conservative) Worcester Simon Hart MP (Conservative) Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Hansard

Membership 2015–2017[edit]

At the start of the 2015–2017 Parliament Committee's only membership was:

Member Party Constituency
David Davies MP (Chair) Conservative Monmouth
Byron Davies MP Conservative Gower
Chris Davies MP Conservative Brecon and Radnorshire
Dr James Davies MP Conservatives Vale of Clwyd
Carolyn Harris MP Labour Swansea East
Gerald Jones MP Labour Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Christina Rees MP Labour Neath
Antoinette Sandbach MP Conservative Eddisbury
Liz Saville-Roberts MP Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Craig Williams MP Conservative Cardiff North
Mark Williams MP Liberal Democrat Ceredigion

During the 2015–2017 Parliament the following were members: Gerald Jones, Antoinette Sandbach, Christina Rees and Carolyn Harris were replaced by:

Glyn Davies, Chris Elmore, Paul Flynn and Stephen Kinnock.

Source: Welsh Affairs Committee

Current membership[edit]

The Committee's membership consists of:[4]

Member Party Constituency
David Davies MP (Chair) Conservative Monmouth
Tonia Antoniazzi MP Labour Gower
Guto Bebb MP Conservative Aberconwy
Geraint Davies Labour Swansea West
Susan Elan Jones MP Labour Clwyd South
Ben Lake MP Plaid Cymru Ceredigion
Jack Lopresti MP Conservative Filton and Bradley Stoke
Anna McMorrin MP Labour Cardiff North
Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Following criticism of both an unfilled committee[5] and an all-male lineup,[6] Tonia Antoniazzi, Anna McMorrin, Simon Hoare, Liz Saville Roberts and Stephen Kinnock joined the committee in October 2017.[7][8] Thelma Walker replaced Stephen Kinnock on 8 January 2018.[9] Walker was then replaced by Susan Elan Jones on 5 February 2018[10] following criticism of Labour allowing an MP for an English seat to sit on the committee.[11] Guto Bebb joined the committee on 22 October 2018, replacing Glyn Davies.[12] Jack Lopresti joined the committee in November 2018,[13] replacing Simon Hoare.[14]

List of chairs[edit]

Member From Until
Leo Abse 25 January 1980 20 November 1981[15]
Donald Anderson 20 November 1981 13 May 1983[15]
Gareth Wardell 9 June 1983 21 March 1997[15]
Martyn Jones 14 July 1997 13 July 2005[15]
Hywel Francis 13 July 2005 6 May 2010
David Davies 10 June 2010 Present [1]

[Note 1] Office officially vacant from 30 March 2015 to 18 June 2015 and from 3 May 2017 to 7 July 2017.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Role - Welsh Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee (28 July 2005). Manufacturing and Trade in Wales and Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill: Government Responses to the Committee’s Second and Third Reports of Session 2004–05 (PDF) (Report). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Welsh Affairs Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2010-15". UK Parliament. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Membership". Welsh Affairs Committee. UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ "'Apathetic' Welsh Labour MPs blasted for lack of interest in scrutiny role". Nation.cymru. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Committee roles for Davies, Davies, Davies (and Davies)". BBC News. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  7. ^ John Bercow, Speaker. "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 629. United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 686–687.
  8. ^ John Bercow, Speaker. "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 630. United Kingdom: House of Commons.
  9. ^ "Welsh Affairs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 634. United Kingdom: House of Commons. 8 January 2018.
  10. ^ Sir Lindsay HoyleDeputy Speaker (5 February 2018). "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 635. United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 1310–1310.
  11. ^ "Welsh Labour struggles to find voice on committee". BBC News. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ Eleanor Laing, Deputy Speaker (22 October 2018). "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 648. United Kingdom: House of Commons.
  13. ^ "Jack Lopresti MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Simon Hoare MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199798/cmselect/cmwelaf/1054/8072801.htm
  16. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/welsh-affairs-committee/chair-nominations-2017/

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