Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills First Report

The Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills

The Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills is appointed by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to consider Consolidation Bills (whether with or without amendments to give effect to Law Commission recommendations), Statute Law Revision Bills and Statute Law Repeal Bills.

The Joint Committee has a maximum of twelve Members appointed by each House, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three from the House of Lords and two from the House of Commons.

Lord Acton (Labour) Mr Russell Brown (Labour, Dumfries)
Lord Brightman (Crossbencher) Mr John Burnett (Liberal Democrats, Torrridge and West Devon,)
Lord Campbell of Alloway (Conservative) David Cairns (Labour, Greenock and Inverclyde)
Lord Christopher (Labour) Mr Martin Caton (Labour, Gower)
Viscount Colvill of Culross (Crossbencher) Mr Colin Challen (Labour, Morley and Rothwell)
Earl of Dundee (Conservative) Sir Patrick Cormack (Conservative, South Staffordshire)
Baroness Fookes (Conservative) Jim Dobbin (Labour, Heywood and Middleton)
Lord Janner of Braunstone (Labour) Paul Farrelly (Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Baroness Mallalieu (Labour) Mr Barry Gardiner (Labour, Brent North)
Lord Phillips of Sudbury (Liberal Democrats) Mr John MacDougall (Labour,Central Fife)
Lord Razzall (Liberal Democrats) Mr Nicholas Soames (Conservative, Mid Sussex)
Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (Chairman) (Crossbencher) Mr Anthony Steen (Conservative, Totnes)


The committee has the power to require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, to meet at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved), and to make Reports to both Houses. The Lords Committee has power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman.


The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the two Houses. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are: Mr Tom Mohan (Lords Clerk) and Miss Nerys Welfoot (Commons Clerk).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, Public Bill Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3152.

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