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, as well as relations with the Senedd.[1] The members of the committee are usually Welsh MPs.

Current membership

As of January 2024, the membership of the committee is as follows:[2][3]

Member Party Constituency
Stephen Crabb MP (Chair) Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire
Simon Baynes MP Conservative Clwyd South
Virginia Crosbie MP Conservative Ynys Mon
Tonia Antoniazzi MP Labour Gower
Geraint Davies MP Independent[a] Swansea West
Ruth Jones MP Labour Newport West
Ben Lake MP Plaid Cymru Ceredigion
Robin Millar MP Conservative Aberconwy
Rob Roberts MP Independent[b] Delyn
Jamie Wallis MP Conservative Bridgend
Beth Winter MP Labour Cynon Valley
  1. ^ Suspended from Labour Party
  2. ^ Suspended from Conservative Party

Changes since 2019

Date Outgoing member and party Constituency New member and party Constituency Source
15 June 2020 Anna McMorrin MP (Labour) Cardiff North Ruth Jones MP (Labour) Newport West Hansard
27 June 2022 Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) Gower Wayne David MP (Labour) Caerphilly Hansard

Membership 2017–2019

The election of the chair took place on 12 July 2017, with the members of the committee being announced on 11 September 2017.[4][5]

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

Changes 2017-2019

Date Outgoing member and party Constituency New member and party Constituency Source
16 October 2017 New seat Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) Gower Hansard
Simon Hoare MP (Conservative) North Dorset
Anna McMorrin MP (Labour) Cardiff North
23 October 2017 New seat Stephen Kinnock MP (Labour) Aberavon Hansard
Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru) Dwyfor Meirionnydd
8 January 2018 Stephen Kinnock MP (Labour) Aberavon Thelma Walker MP (Labour) Colne Valley Hansard
5 February 2018 Thelma Walker MP (Labour) Colne Valley Susan Elan Jones MP (Labour) Clwyd South Hansard
22 October 2018 Glyn Davies MP (Conservative) Montgomeryshire Guto Bebb MP (Conservative) Aberconwy Hansard
26 November 2018 Simon Hoare MP (Conservative) North Dorset Jack Lopresti MP (Conservative) Filton and Bradley Stoke Hansard
17 February 2019 Paul Flynn MP (Labour) Newport West Vacant Death of member[6]
11 March 2019 Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru) Dwyfor Meirionnydd Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru) Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Hansard
21 June 2019 Chris Davies MP (Conservative) Brecon and Radnorshire Vacant Recall petition against member[7]

Membership 2015–2017

The chair was elected on 18 June 2015, with members being announced on 13 July 2015.[8][9]

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

Changes 2015-2017

Date Outgoing member and party Constituency New member and party Constituency Source
1 February 2016 Christina Rees MP (Labour) Neath Stephen Kinnock MP (Labour) Aberavon Hansard
25 April 2016 Antoinette Sandbach MP (Conservative) Eddisbury Glyn Davies MP (Conservative) Aberavon Hansard
18 July 2016 Carolyn Harris MP (Labour) Swansea East Chris Elmore MP (Labour) Ogmore Hansard
21 November 2016 Gerald Jones MP (Labour) Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Paul Flynn MP (Labour) Newport West Hansard

Membership 2010–2015

At the dissolution of the 2010–2015 Parliament, the committee's membership was:[10]

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

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
6 January 2014 Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru) Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru) Arfon Hansard
10 March 2014 Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru) Arfon Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru) Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Hansard

Membership 2005–2010

At the start of the 2005–2010 Parliament, the committee's membership was:[11]

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 Conservative 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

Changes between 2005 and 2010 are not known.

List of chairs

Member Party Constituency From Until
Leo Abse Labour Pontypool 25 January 1980 20 November 1981[12]
Donald Anderson Labour Swansea East 20 November 1981 13 May 1983[12]
Gareth Wardell Labour Gower 9 June 1983 21 March 1997[12]
Martyn Jones Labour Clwyd South 14 July 1997 13 July 2005[12]
Hywel Francis Labour Aberavon 13 July 2005 6 May 2010
David Davies Conservative Monmouth 10 June 2010 6 November 2019 [1] [13]
Stephen Crabb Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire 28 January 2020 Present

[Note 1] Office officially vacant from 30 March 2015 to 18 June 2015 and from 3 May 2017 to 7 July 2017.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Role - Welsh Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Welsh Affairs Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Business without Debate Volume 744: debated on Monday 22 January 2024". hansard.parliament.uk. UK Hansard. 22 January 2024. Retrieved 31 January 2024. That Wayne David be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee and Tonia Antoniazzi be added.—(Sir Bill Wiggin, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
  4. ^ "Speaker's Statement: Select Committee Chairs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 627. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 628. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Tributes as Newport West Labour MP Paul Flynn dies aged 84". BBC News. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  7. ^ "MP Chris Davies unseated after petition triggers by-election". BBC News. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 597. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 18 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 598. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Welsh Affairs Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2010-15". UK Parliament. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b c d "House of Commons - Welsh Affairs - Minutes of Evidence".
  13. ^ Dissolution date of the 57th Parliament
  14. ^ "Chair nominations for Welsh Affairs Committee - UK Parliament". www.parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 30 August 2018.