Liaison Committee (UK)

The Liaison Committee is a committee of the British House of Commons, the lower house of the United Kingdom Parliament. The committee consists of the chairs of the 32 Commons select committees and the chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The role of the committee is to consider general matters relating to the work of select committees. It advises the House of Commons Commission on select committees as well as choosing select committee reports for debate in the chamber.

Since 2002, the Prime Minister has appeared annually before the Liaison Committee in order to give evidence on matters of public policy. The Liaison Committee is the only Commons committee that questions the prime minister and generally meets twice a year.[1][2]


As of 22 May 2020, the members of the committee are as follows:[3]

  Member Party Constituency Committee
Sir Bernard Jenkin (Chair) Conservative Harwich and North Essex Jenkin serves on three additional committees but does not serve as a chairperson on any except the Liaison Committee.
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn Labour Leeds Central Future Relationship with the European Union
Clive Betts Labour Sheffield South East Housing, Communities and Local Government
The Rt Hon Karen Bradley Conservative Staffordshire Moorlands Procedure
Chris Bryant Labour Rhondda Standards and Privileges
Sir William Cash Conservative Stone European Scrutiny
Sarah Champion Labour Rotherham International Development
Greg Clark Conservative Tunbridge Wells Science and Technology
The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper Labour Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Home Affairs
The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire Welsh Affairs
Philip Dunne Conservative Ludlow Environmental Audit
The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood Conservative Bournemouth East Defence
Lilian Greenwood Labour Nottingham South Finance
The Rt Hon Robert Halfon Conservative Harlow Education
The Rt Hon Harriet Harman Labour Camberwell and Peckham Human Rights (Joint)
Meg Hillier Labour Co-op Hackney South and Shoreditch Public Accounts
Simon Hoare Conservative North Dorset Northern Irish Affairs
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt Conservative South West Surrey Health and Social Care
Andrew Jones Conservative Harrogate and Knaresborough European Statutory Instruments
Darren Jones Labour Bristol North West Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Julian Knight Conservative Solihull Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Angus MacNeil SNP Na h-Eileanan an Iar International Trade
Catherine McKinnell Labour Newcastle upon Tyne North Petitions
Stephen McPartland Conservative Stevenage Regulatory Reform
Ian Mearns Labour Gateshead Backbench Business
Huw Merriman Conservative Bexhill and Battle Transport
Jessica Morden Labour Newport East Statutory Instruments
Sir Bob Neill Conservative Bromley and Chislehurst Justice
The Rt Hon Caroline Nokes Conservative Romsey and Southampton North Women and Equalities
Neil Parish Conservative Tiverton and Honiton Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Rt Hon Mel Stride Conservative Central Devon Treasury
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms Labour East Ham Work and Pensions
Tom Tugendhat Conservative Tonbridge and Malling Foreign Affairs
Sir Charles Walker Conservative Broxbourne Administration
Bill Wiggin Conservative North Herefordshire Selection
Pete Wishart SNP Perth and North Perthshire Scottish Affairs
William Wragg Conservative Hazel Grove Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs

See also


  1. Defence, Dan Sabbagh; editor, security (2020-05-26). "Boris Johnson to face minimal questions on Cummings' conduct". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-27. The liaison body is the only Commons committee that has the power to question the prime minister and used to meet twice a year before Johnson became prime minister last July.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. "Johnson to face senior MPs amid Cummings row". BBC News. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2020-05-27. It marks the first time he has appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee - the only committee that gets to question the PM - since taking office.
  3. "Liaison Committee Membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 May 2020.