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

MPs debate oral hormone pregnancy tests

Backbench Business debate took place in Commons Chamber on 23 October

What's on

Friday 24 October 2014

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am Legislation - Richard Bacon

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill - Second reading - Richard Bacon

Legislation - Julian Sturdy

Control of Horses Bill - Second reading - Julian Sturdy

Legislation - Mr Mark Spencer

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill - Second reading - Mr Mark Spencer

Legislation - Mr Christopher Chope

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope

Legislation - Mr Christopher Chope

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope

Legislation - Caroline Lucas

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (Statutory Requirement) Bill - Second reading - Caroline Lucas

Legislation - John Hemming

Transparency and Accountability Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - John Hemming

Legislation - Mr Christopher Chope

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope

Legislation - Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Wild Animals in Circuses Bill - Second reading - Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Adjournment - Mr Kevan Jones

The case of Christopher Rochester

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 - Lord Saatchi /

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] - Committee of the whole House - Lord Saatchi /

Legislation - Lord Naseby /

Mutuals' Redeemable and Deferred Shares Bill [HL] - Second reading - Lord Naseby /

Legislation - Baroness Hayman /

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] - Second reading - Baroness Hayman /

3:00pm Estimated Rising Time

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.

Select Committees Film

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