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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.
Finance Bill Sub-Committee takes evidence on Monday 20 February at 2.05pm
Sub-Committee on ICAI takes evidence from ICAI and DFID
Scottish Affairs Committee visit Aberdeen to examine sustainable employment and competative businesses
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee visits COBA members on Tuesday 21 February
Work and Pensions, including Topical Questions
Proposed takeover of Vauxhall and Opel by PSA
Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - Report stage
Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - 3rd reading
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill - Consideration of Lords amendments - Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Motor neurone disease research and the life of Gordon Aikman
E-petitions 171928 and 178844 relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump
Draft Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Permission in Principle etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2017
Mike Tholen, Director of Upstream Policy, Oil and Gas UKJohn McDonald, Interim Chief Executive, OPITO
Gordon Inglis, Director and Principal Consultant, Accord EnergyFred Bowden, Managing Director, Woollard and HenryCarole Leslie, Independent AdviserDavid Watt, Executive Director, Institute of Directors ScotlandBarry McCulloch, Senior Policy Adviser, Federation of Small Businesses
Joy Hutcheon, Director General, Finance and Corporate PerformanceNick Ford, Head of Procurement and Commercial Department, Department for International Development
Paul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UKRt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, Minister of State, Department for TransportIan Yarnold, Head of International Vehicle Standards, Department for TransportDerek Lawlor, Head of Technology, Standards and Legislation, Vehicle Certification Agency
Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee
Barriers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face accessing jobs in top professions
Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners and tariffs for offences
Provision by schools of in-school counselling services for students
Encouraging more people to train as lay magistrates
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - 2nd reading (day 1)
No business announced
(at 2:05 pm) Mr Michael Parker, Head of Tax, National Farmers UnionMr Roger Southam, Member, Administrative Burdens Advisory Board (ABAB)Mr Edward Woodall, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Association of Convenience Stores(at 2:50 pm) Mr Douglas Haig, Vice-Chairman and Director of Wales, Residential Landlords Association
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.