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.

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MPs to debate sale of park homes MPs debated sale of park homes

Backbench Business debate took place in Commons Chamber on 30 October

What's on

Thursday 30 October 2014

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am Oral Questions

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, including Topical Questions; Church Commissioners, the Public Accounts Commission and the Speakers' Committee on the Electoral Commission

Urgent Question - Mark Lazarowicz

Search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean

Business Statement

Leader of the House

Backbench Business

(i) UK Drugs Policy (ii) Sale of park homes

Adjournment - Mr Geoffrey Robinson

Coventry's general practices

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Debate on the First Joint Report from the Committees on Arms Export Controls, Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Controls (HC 186 2014-15), and the Government response, Cm 8935

General Committee

Time Business
11:30am - Room 9, Palace of Westminster First Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Broadcasting (Independent Productions) (Amendment) Order 2014

11:30am - Room 10, Palace of Westminster Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill Committee

to consider the Bill

11:30am - Room 12, Palace of Westminster Pension Schemes Bill Committee

to consider the Bill

Select Committee

Time Business
9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Ian and Elizabeth Strachan and Ronald and Pauline Hughes

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am Introduction(s)

Lord Rose of Monewden

Oral Questions

Recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram

Oral Questions

Renaming the central bank of the United Kingdom, "The Bank of England and of the United Kingdom"

Oral Questions

Progress in preventing the development of nuclear weapons by Iran

Oral Questions

Promotion of security and development in Afghanistan


Situation in the Middle East and North Africa

Short Debate

Giving football fans a greater say in the running of clubs

Short Debate

Combating slavery in supply chains

7:00pm Estimated Rising Time

Grand Committee

Time Business
2:00pm Legislation - Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Deregulation Bill - Committee stage (Day 2) - Lord Wallace of Saltaire

6:00pm Estimated Rising Time

Select Committee

Time Business
10:00am - Room 1, Palace of Westminster External Affairs (EU Sub-Committee C)

EU and Russia - (at 10.05am) evidence will be heard from Mr Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs and (at approximately 11.05am) from Ambassador Revaz Gachechiladze, Georgian Ambassador to the UK

1:50pm - Room 3, Palace of Westminster European Union

Private meeting

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