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

Restore competition to fix the electricity market

Economic Affairs Committee publishes its report on UK Energy Policy

What's on

Friday 24 February 2017

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am
Business

Consideration of Private Members' Bills

Legislation

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill - Report stage

Legislation

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill - Report stage

Legislation

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Report stage

Legislation

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation

Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Animal Fighting (Sentencing) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

National Health Service Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading

Legislation

Workers' Rights (Maintenance of EU Standards) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Vehicle Noise Limits (Enforcement) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Children of Armed Services Personnel (Schools Admission) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Families with Children and Young People in Debt (Respite) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Defibrillators (Availability) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading

Adjournment

HIV awareness in PSHE lessons

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
10:00am
Legislation

Homelessness Reduction Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Report stage

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

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.