The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is one of many select committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
The Foreign Affairs Committee carries out many inquiries, and publishes a variety of reports, including an annual Human Rights Report. During its inquiry into the government's decision to invade Iraq, Dr. David Kelly famously gave evidence to the committee on 15 July 2003, two days before his death.
In 2015 through 2016 the committee conducted an extensive and highly critical inquiry into the British involvement in the Libyan Civil War. It concluded that the early threat to civilians had been overstated and that the significant Islamist element in the rebel forces had not been recognised, due to an intelligence failure. By summer 2011 the initial limited intervention to protect Libyan civilians had become a policy of regime change. However that new policy did not include proper support and for a new government, leading to a political and economic collapse in Libya and the growth of ISIL in North Africa. The report concluded that the former Prime Minister David Cameron was ultimately responsible for this British policy failure.
|Alicia Kearns (Chair)||Conservative||Rutland and Melton|
|Liam Byrne||Labour||Birmingham, Hodge Hill|
|Neil Coyle||Independent[a]||Bermondsey and Old Southwark|
|Drew Hendry||Scottish National Party||Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|Bob Seely||Conservative||Isle of Wight|
|Royston Smith||Conservative||Southampton Itchen|
|Graham Stringer||Labour||Blackley and Broughton|
- Suspended from Labour.
Changes since 2019Edit
|11 May 2020||Chris Elmore MP (Labour)||Ogmore||→||Neil Coyle MP (Labour)||Bermondsey and Old Southwark||Hansard|
|Ian Murray MP (Labour)||Edinburgh South||Claudia Webbe MP (Labour)||Leicester East|
|5 January 2022||Claudia Webbe MP (Independent)||Leicester East||→||Liam Byrne MP (Labour)||Birmingham Hodge Hill||Hansard|
|7 September 2022||Tom Tugendhat MP (Chair, Conservative)||Tonbridge and Malling||→||Vacant||Hansard|
|12 October 2022||Alicia Kearns MP (Conservative)||Rutland and Melton||→||Vacant||Hansard|
|Vacant||Alicia Kearns MP (Chair, Conservative)||Rutland and Melton|
|29 November 2022||Vacant||→||Saqib Bhatti MP (Conservative)||Meriden||Hansard|
|2 February 2018||Nus Ghani MP (Conservative)||Wealden||→||Priti Patel MP (Conservative)||Witham||Hansard|
|Nadhim Zahawi MP (Conservative)||Stratford-on-Avon||Bob Seely MP (Conservative)||Isle of Wight|
|19 March 2019||Ian Austin MP (Independent)||Dudley North||→||Conor McGinn MP (Labour)[a]||St Helens North||Hansard|
|Mike Gapes MP (Change UK)||Stratford-on-Avon||Catherine West MP (Labour)[a]||Hornsey and Wood Green|
|31 October 2016||Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour)||Bolton South East||→||Ian Murray MP (Labour)||Edinburgh South||Hansard|
|2 November 2010||Emma Reynolds MP (Labour)||Wolverhampton North East||→||Bob Ainsworth MP (Labour)||Coventry North East||Hansard|
|18 June 2012||David Watts MP (Labour)||St Helens North||→||Mark Hendrick MP (Labour and Co-op)||Preston||Hansard|
|20 May 2013||Bob Ainsworth MP (Labour)||Coventry North East||→||Sandra Osborne MP (Labour)||Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock||Hansard|
|30 June 2014||Rory Stewart MP (Conservative)||Penrith and The Border||→||Nadhim Zahawi MP (Conservative)||Stratford-on-Avon||Hansard|
|Chair||Party||Constituency||Term of office||Electors|
|Anthony Kershaw||Conservative||Stroud||3 May 1979||1 January 1987||Committee|
|David Howell||Conservative||Guildford||1 January 1987||21 March 1997|
|Donald Anderson||Labour||Swansea East||16 July 1997||12 July 2005|
|Mike Gapes||Labour||Ilford South||18 July 2005||12 April 2010|
|Richard Ottaway||Conservative||Croydon South||10 June 2010||30 March 2015||Commons|
|Crispin Blunt||Conservative||Reigate||18 June 2015||3 May 2017|
|Tom Tugendhat||Conservative||Tonbridge and Malling||12 July 2017||6 September 2022|
|Alicia Kearns||Conservative||Rutland and Melton||12 October 2022||Incumbent|
- "Foreign Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
The Foreign Affairs Committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other bodies associated with the Foreign Office
- "MPs attack Cameron over Libya 'collapse'". BBC News. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- Patrick Wintour (14 September 2016). "MPs deliver damning verdict on Cameron's Libya intervention". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options (PDF). Foreign Affairs Committee (House of Commons) (Report). UK Parliament. 6 September 2016. HC 119. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "Tom Tugendhat MP elected Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee". Foreign Affairs Select Committee. London. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- "Future Business as of Thursday 27 February 2020". publications.parliament.uk. UK parliament. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
That Chris Bryant, Chris Elmore, Alicia Kearns, Stewart Malcolm McDonald, Ian Murray, Andrew Rosindell, Bob Seely, Henry Smith, Royston Smith and Graham Stringer be members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
- "Votes and Proceedings Monday 11 May 2020". parliament.uk. UK House of Commons. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
That Wayne David and Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr Kevan Jones and Derek Twigg be added
- "Committees Volume 723: debated on Tuesday 29 November 2022". committees.parliament.uk. UK Hansard. 29 November 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
That Saqib Bhatti be added to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
- "Foreign Affairs Committee Membership". ommittees.parliament.uk. Foreign Affairs Committee. 15 January 2023. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
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- "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 628. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 11 September 2017.
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- "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 597. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 18 June 2015.
- "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 598. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 8 July 2015.
- "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 511. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 10 June 2010.
- "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 513. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2010.