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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.
Economic Affairs Committee publishes its report on UK Energy Policy
Constitution Committee publishes report on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
On 2 March MPs will take part in a general debate in the House of Commons Chamber
Environmental Audit Committee publishes report on planned new runway at Heathrow
Consideration of Private Members' Bills
Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill - Report stage
Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill - 3rd reading
Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill - Report stage
Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill - 3rd reading
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Report stage
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - 3rd reading
Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill - 2nd reading
Animal Fighting (Sentencing) Bill - 2nd reading
Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill - 2nd reading
National Health Service Bill - 2nd reading
Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill - 2nd reading
Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading
Workers' Rights (Maintenance of EU Standards) Bill - 2nd reading
Vehicle Noise Limits (Enforcement) Bill - 2nd reading
Children of Armed Services Personnel (Schools Admission) Bill - 2nd reading
Families with Children and Young People in Debt (Respite) Bill - 2nd reading
Defibrillators (Availability) Bill - 2nd reading
Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill - 2nd reading
Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill - 2nd reading
Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading
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Homelessness Reduction Bill - 2nd reading
Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill - 2nd reading
Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill - 2nd reading
Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Report stage
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.