Politics

Who’s who on the Infrastructure Bill committee

As the Infrastructure Bill goes into its committee stage, we’ve been looking at the MPs who will be examining the legislation, line by line.

Among the clauses are proposals to change the trespass law and allow companies to frack for oil and gas below 300m without the permission of landowners.

The committee, which meets for the first time at 9.25am tomorrow (16th December 2014), comprises 11 Conservative MPs, nine Labour, two Lib Dem and one Democratic Unionist. The members include Energy and Transport Ministers and their Labour shadows.

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Committee chairs

01 Sir Roger Gale MP (Cons - Joint Chair)

Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)
Member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee, former Conservative Party vice chair
Interests include tourism, leisure industry, media and the licensed trade

02 Mr Jim Hood MP (Lab - Joint Chair)

Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East, Labour)
Former chair and member of the European Scrutiny Committee.
Interests include agriculture, environment, energy

Conservative members

06 Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP (Cons)

Alistair Burt (North east Bedfordshire, Conservative)
Former junior Foreign Office minister and opposition whip
Interests include agriculture, rural affairs and social affairs

07 Dr Thérèse Coffey MP (Cons)

Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal, Conservative)
Assistant whip
Interests include energy, health and rural affairs

09 Rt Hon John Hayes MP (Cons)

John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings, Conservative)
Transport Minister. Former Energy and Climate Change Minister
Interests include local government, agriculture, commerce and industry
Introduced the Infrastructure Bill during the 2nd Reading Debate in the House of Commons on 8th December 2014

10 Chris Heaton-Harris MP (Cons)

Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry, Conservative)
Member of the European Scrutiny and Public Accounts Committees of the House of Commons
Interests include economic policy, education and Europe
Spoke on fuel prices and fuel poverty during a debate on 18th June 2014

11 Robert Jenrick MP (Cons)

Robert Jenrick (Newark, Conservative)
Member of the House of Commons Health Committee
Elected in by-election on 5th June 2014
Spoke in the fracking adjournment debate on 25th November 2014, pointing out that the RSPB had not complained about fracking activity at Beckingham Marshes in Nottinghamshire

13 Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Cons)

Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne, Conservative)
Elected 2010. Member of the House of Commons Work and Pensions committee

15 Mr Brooks Newmark MP (Cons)

Brooks Newmark (Braintree, Conservative)
Former parliamentary secretary in the Cabinet Office and former member of the House of Commons Treasury Committee
Interests include economic policy, poverty reduction and women’s issues

16 Neil Parish MP (Cons)

Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton, Conservative)
Member of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Interests include regional policy and agriculture
Elected 2010

19 Amber Rudd MP (Cons)

Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye, Conservative)
Energy and Climate Change Minister, former member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Interests include environment, food and rural affairs
Spoke for the government on energy efficiency during a debate on 4th September 2014

23 Nadhim Zahawi MP (Cons)

Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon, Conservative)
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Elected 2010
Interests include business and foreign affairs

Labour members

03 Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (Lab)

Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham, Labour)
Shadow communities and local government minister
Interests include planning and regeneration

05 Richard Burden MP (Lab)

Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield, Labour)
Shadow transport minister
Interests include health, regional government and community empowerment

08 Tom Greatrex MP (Lab)

Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)
Shadow Energy Minister, formerly shadow Scotland Minister. Formerly a member of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee
Interests include energy and economic policy
Spoke on fracking during adjournment debate on the subject on 25th November 2014 and tabled amendments to the Infrastructure Bill

12 Graham Jones MP (Lab)

Graham Jones (Hyndburn, Labour)
Opposition assistant whip
Elected in 2010
Spoke about the withdrawal of funding for schemes in his constituency to improve energy efficiency during a debate on 4th September 2014

14 Andrew Miller MP (Lab)

Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston, Labour)
Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
Interests include industry, economic policy and science and technology
IGas announced today it had found shale gas at its exploratory well at Ellesmere Port
During the Second Reading Debate on the Infrastructure Bill he asked why the government had rejected Labour amendments tabled in the House of Lords

17 Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP (Lab)

Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich, Labour)
Former local government and transport minister
Interests include environment and transport

18 Chris Ruane MP (Lab)

Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd, Labour)
Member of political and constitutional reform committee. Former opposition whip.
Interests include environment, tourism, anti-poverty and mindfulness

21 Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Lab)

Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test, Labour)
Former local government minister. Member of standards, privileges, environmental audit and energy and climate committees
Interests include environment, transport, energy

Liberal Democrat Members

04 Mr Jeremy Browne MP (Lib Dem)

Jeremy Browne (Taunton Deane, Lib Dem)
Former minister at the Home Office and foreign and Commonwealth Office
Interests include economy and human rights

22 Stephen Williams MP (Lib Dem)

Stephen Williams (Bristol West, Lib Dem)
Junior local government minister.
Interests include transport, civil rights and preventative health care

Democratic Unionist Members

20 Jim Shannon MP (DUP)

Jim Shannon (Strangford, DUP)
DUP spokesperson on human rights, health and transport.
Interests include farming, fishing, environment, country sports
Elected in 2010.

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