Yvette Cooper has been re-elected chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee in Parliament following an unopposed election for the position. Cooper is the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.
Commenting on her re-election, Cooper said: “I’m very pleased to have been re-elected as chair. I look forward to working with colleagues from across the House to scrutinise the Government’s work in critical areas including policing, immigration and security.”
The Home Affairs Select Committee is one of the departmental Select Committees, the powers of which are set out in the House of Commons Standing Orders, and principally in SO No 152.
The Committee consists of 11 Members of Parliament drawn from the three largest political parties. The House of Commons appoints the Committee with the task of examining the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies.
The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks written and oral evidence from a wide range of relevant groups and individuals. At the end of an inquiry, the Committee will often produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government.
The Government must respond to each of a given report’s recommendations within two months of publication.