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A large part of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords takes place in committees, made up of MPs or Lords. These committees consider policy issues, scrutinise the work and expenditure of the government, and examine proposals for primary and secondary legislation. Select committees (see below) operate largely by an investigative process, while legislative committees operate mainly by debate.
Lords Science and Technology Committee takes evidence on Tuesday 19 July at 10.40am
Transport Committee publishes report on 'all lane running' motorway schemes
Joint Committee on Human Rights questions Karen Bradley on Government's counter extremism strategy
Environmental Audit Committee questions businesses on the environmental impact of microplastics
Transport, including Topical Questions
Leader of the House
(i) Privatisation of the Land Registry (ii) Bank branch closures
Regeneration of market town centres
Reforming the law on homicide
NHS England's Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the adult hearing service commissioning framework
No business announced
Guidance produced by Dr Satvinder Juss on the implications of the High Court’s ruling in R (Fox) v Secretary of State for Education
Recommendations of the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning Online Secondary Ticketing Facilities
Ensuring those with diabetes have adequate support to tackle obesity
Ensuring that constituency boundary revisions take full account of the electoral registers on 23 June
Introducing statutory guidelines relating to the investigation of historical child sex abuse
Openness and transparency in reinforcing confidence in public institutions
(at 10:00 am) Mr George Laurence QC, Hillingdon Borough CouncilMs Claire Staddon, Hillingdon Borough CouncilMr Martin Kingston QC, Buckinghamshire County Council
Both Houses establish select committees to conduct inquiries and to produce reports on a range of matters, from the conduct of Government to specialist subject areas. Information on their work can be found on the select committee page.
Both Houses refer legislation to committees for detailed discussion and approval. These committees are part of the process of making laws and include public bill committees, delegated legislation committees and committees on private bills. There is more in Bills and Legislation.
Some other committees are established either by statute of either House, with a range of specific functions. These committees can be found through Committees A-Z.
The About Parliament section of our site provides information on the types of Parliamentary committees and their work.
Watch an overview of the work of Lords Select Committees, the influence they have and the impact of their reports and recommendations.
This short film explains the role and impact of select committees of the House of Commons, their membership, how they conduct inquiries, what it's like to be a witness and how you can get involved.