Committees

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.

Select Committee news

Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill: Commons Second Reading

Commons examines the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill

What's on

Tuesday 17 January 2017

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
Oral questions

Treasury, including Topical Questions

Statement

Northern Ireland Assembly election

Statement

New partnership with the EU

Ten Minute Rule Motion

Burial Rights Reform

Opposition Day Debate

(i) Effect of the UK leaving the EU on the rural economy (ii) Effect of Department for Work and Pensions' policies on low income households (18th allotted day) (Scottish National Party)

Adjournment

Community toilet facilities for people with disabilities

Westminster Hall

Time Business
9:30am - 11:00am
Westminster Hall debate

Future of the Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust

11:00am - 11:30am
Westminster Hall debate

School funding formula and Northern schools

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Westminster Hall debate

Effect of the UK leaving the EU on infrastructure in Wales

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Police force support for investigations of murder of UK nationals abroad

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Digital Equipment Ltd's pension scheme

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
9:15am
Oral Evidence Session
EU Insurance Regulation

Jane Portas, Partner, Insurance Regulation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Andrew Chamberlain, Chairman of the Life Board, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Phil Smart, Partner, Head of Insurance and Investment Management, KPMG

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
9:45am
Oral Evidence Session
Follow-up to PHSO report ‘Driven to Despair'

Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive Officer, DVLA
Ben Rimmington, Director of Road Safety, Standards and Services, Department for Transport

Room 16, Palace of Westminster
10:15am
Oral Evidence Session
UK trade options beyond 2019

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics, British Chambers of Commerce
Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
10:20am
Oral Evidence Session
Sustainable Development Goals in the UK

James Wharton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development
Gwen Hines, Director, International Relations Division, DFID
Chris Skidmore MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister for the Constitution, Cabinet Office

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
10:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the BBC Board

Sir David Clementi, the Government's preferred candidate for Chair of the BBC Board

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
11:00am
Oral Evidence Session
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
Dr Lauge Poulsen, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University College London
Christos Sirros, Agent-General, Quebec Government in London

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
11:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016

Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
Helen Helliwell, Head of Service Personnel Support, Ministry of Defence

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Maternity services

Professor Lesley Regan, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Professor Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
Professor Marian Knight, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser, National Childbirth Trust
Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women's Health, NHS England
Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chair, NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme Board (and Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital)
Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Executive Director of Nursing and Deputy Director and Education and Quality, Health Education England

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Proposals for backbench debates

Members of Parliament

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm
Oral questions

Business rates revaluation and whether the Government have proposals to reduce the impact on high street retailers

Oral questions

Bicentenary of David Ricardo’s principle of comparative advantage and the case for free trade

Oral questions

Performance of the UK economy since 23 June and how this compares to forecasts by the Treasury during the referendum campaign

Oral questions

Inquiry intentions in light of the apology by the Israeli Ambassador for remarks made by an embassy official concerning a FCO Minister

Statement

A New Partnership with the EU

Statement

Northern Ireland Assembly Election

Legislation

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - 2nd reading

10:00pm
Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 2A, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Brexit: civil justice cooperation

(at 11:00 am)
The Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens QC, Brick Court Chambers
The Rt Hon Sir Mathew Thorpe QC, 1 Hare Court

Room 3, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
3:15pm
Private Meeting
Room 2, Palace of Westminster
3:30pm
Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
3:30pm
Private Meeting
Room 2A, Palace of Westminster
5:00pm
Private Meeting
Room 2A, Palace of Westminster
5:00pm
Private Meeting
Other

More about committees

Select committees

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.

Legislative committees

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.

Other committees

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.

Guides to committees

The About Parliament section of our site provides information on the types of Parliamentary committees and their work.

How do House of Lords Select Committees work?

Watch an overview of the work of Lords Select Committees, the influence they have and the impact of their reports and recommendations.

How do House of Commons Select Committees work?

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.