Justice Select Committee

The Justice Select Committee of the United Kingdom is a select committee of the House of Commons which scrutinizes the policy, administration, and spending of the Ministry of Justice. In addition, the committee examines the work of the Law Officers of the Crown, the Serious Fraud Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service. The committee also reviews draft Sentencing Guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.[1]


In June 2015, Robert Neill was announced to be the Committee's Chair.[2] On 12 July 2017 he, being the sole nomination, was elected as Chair of the Justice Committee for the 2017 Parliament.[3] The following members serve as of November 2016:[4] Neill was re-elected as Chair in July 2017 and the rest of the members in September 2017.[5]

Member Party Constituency
Robert Neill MP (Chair) Conservative Bromley and Chiselhurst
Kemi Badenoch MP Conservative Saffron Walden
Ruth Cadbury MP Labour Brentford and Isleworth
Alex Chalk MP Conservative Cheltenham
Bambos Charalambous MP Labour Enfield, Southgate
Mr David Hanson MP Labour Delyn
John Howell MP Conservative Henley
Gavin Newlands MP Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Laura Pidcock MP Labour North West Durham
Victoria Prentis MP Conservative Banbury
Ellie Reeves MP Labour Lewisham West and Penge

Source: Justice Committee membership 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.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
29 November 2010 Jessica Lee MP (Conservative) Erewash Ben Gummer MP (Conservative) Ipswich Hansard
Anna Soubry MP (Conservative) Broxtowe Elizabeth Truss MP (Conservative) South West Norfolk
16 May 2011 Siân James MP (Labour) Swansea East Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour) Islington North Hansard
31 October 2011 Helen Grant MP (Conservative) Maidstone and The Weald Nick de Bois MP (Conservative) Enfield North Hansard
5 December 2011 Claire Perry MP (Conservative) Devizes Steve Brine MP (Conservative) Winchester Hansard
6 February 2012 Linda Riordan MP (Labour Co-op) Halifax Seema Malhotra MP (Labour Co-op) Feltham and Heston Hansard
5 November 2012 Ben Gummer MP (Conservative) Ipswich Rehman Chishti MP (Conservative) Gillingham and Rainham Hansard
Elizabeth Truss MP (Conservative) South West Norfolk Bob Neill MP (Conservative) Bromley and Chislehurst
10 December 2010 Chris Evans MP (Labour Co-op) Islwyn Andy McDonald MP (Labour) Middlesbrough Hansard
21 January 2013 Karl Turner MP (Labour) Kingston upon Hull East Graham Stringer MP (Labour) Blackley and Broughton Hansard
11 February 2013 Robert Buckland MP (Conservative) Swindon South Gareth Johnson MP (Conservative) Dartford Hansard
Bob Neill MP (Conservative) Bromley and Chislehurst Mike Weatherley MP (Conservative) Hove
18 June 2015 As a result of the 2015 United Kingdom general election Bob Neill MP (Conservative) appointed chair Bromley and Chislehurst [6]
6 July 2015 Richard Arkless (SNP) Dumfries and Galloway [7]
Richard Burgon MP (Labour) Leeds East
Alex Chalk MP (Conservative) Cheltenham
Alberto Costa MP (Conservative) South Leicestershire
Philip Davies MP (Conservative) Shipley
Sue Hayman MP (Labour) Workington
John Howell MP (Conservative) Henley
Victoria Prentis MP (Conservative) Banbury
Christina Rees MP (Labour) Neath
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP (Labour) Torfaen
26 October 2015 Richard Burgon MP (Labour) Leeds East David Hanson MP (Labour) Delyn [8]
Sue Hayman MP (Labour) Workington Rupa Huq MP (Labour) Ealing Central and Acton
Christina Rees MP (Labour) Neath Andy McDonald MP (Labour) Middlesbrough
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP (Labour) Torfaen (UK Parliament constituency) Marie Rimmer MP (Labour) St Helens South and Whiston
31 October 2016 Rupa Huq MP (Labour) Ealing Central and Acton Kate Green MP (Labour) Stretford and Urmston [9]
Andy McDonald MP (Labour) Middlesbrough Keith Vaz MP (Labour) Leicester East

See also


  1. "Official committee website". Retrieved 19 December 2007.
  2. "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-2017/chair-elected-17-19/
  4. "Membership - Justice Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. "Justice Committee membership agreed". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons,. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 18 Jun 2015 (pt 0001)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2016.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons,. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 06 July 2015 (pt 0004)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2016.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. "Justice Committee Attendance 2015-16" (PDF). Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  9. "Justice Committee - Hansard Online". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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