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

Farmers, small businesses and landlords provide evidence on tax

Finance Bill Sub-Committee takes evidence on Monday 20 February at 2.05pm

What's on

Monday 20 February 2017

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Work and Pensions, including Topical Questions

Urgent question

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

Westminster Hall

Time Business
Westminster Hall debate

E-petitions 171928 and 178844 relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump

General Committee

Time Business Venue
First Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Permission in Principle etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2017

Room 9, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
Sustainable employment in Scotland

Mike Tholen, Director of Upstream Policy, Oil and Gas UK
John McDonald, Interim Chief Executive, OPITO

Oral Evidence Session
Sustainable employment in Scotland

Gordon Inglis, Director and Principal Consultant, Accord Energy
Fred Bowden, Managing Director, Woollard and Henry
Carole Leslie, Independent Adviser
David Watt, Executive Director, Institute of Directors Scotland
Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Adviser, Federation of Small Businesses

Oral Evidence Session
DFID's use of contractors

Joy Hutcheon, Director General, Finance and Corporate Performance
Nick Ford, Head of Procurement and Commercial Department, Department for International Development

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Oral Evidence Session
Volkswagen emissions

Paul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UK
Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport
Ian Yarnold, Head of International Vehicle Standards, Department for Transport
Derek Lawlor, Head of Technology, Standards and Legislation, Vehicle Certification Agency

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Oral Evidence Session
Implications for Wales of the EU referendum result

Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Barriers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face accessing jobs in top professions

Oral questions

Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners and tariffs for offences

Oral questions

Provision by schools of in-school counselling services for students

Oral questions

Encouraging more people to train as lay magistrates


European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - 2nd reading (day 1)

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
Draft Finance Bill 2017

(at 2:05 pm)
Mr Michael Parker, Head of Tax, National Farmers Union
Mr 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

Room 1, Palace of Westminster

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?

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How do House of Commons Select Committees work?

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