Committees

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

EU membership and UK science follow-up evidence session

Lords Science and Technology Committee takes evidence on Tuesday 19 July at 10.40am

What's on

Thursday 30 June 2016

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am
Oral questions

Transport, including Topical Questions

Business Statement

Leader of the House

Backbench Business

(i) Privatisation of the Land Registry (ii) Bank branch closures

Adjournment

Regeneration of market town centres

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westminster Hall debate

Reforming the law on homicide

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

NHS England's Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the adult hearing service commissioning framework

General Committee

Time Business Venue
11:30am
Public Bill Committee

Finance Bill

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
2:00pm
Public Bill Committee

Finance Bill

Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am
Oral questions

Guidance produced by Dr Satvinder Juss on the implications of the High Court’s ruling in R (Fox) v Secretary of State for Education

Oral questions

Recommendations of the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning Online Secondary Ticketing Facilities

Oral questions

Ensuring those with diabetes have adequate support to tackle obesity

Oral questions

Ensuring that constituency boundary revisions take full account of the electoral registers on 23 June

Debate

Introducing statutory guidelines relating to the investigation of historical child sex abuse

Debate

Openness and transparency in reinforcing confidence in public institutions

3:45pm
Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Private Meeting
Room 3, Palace of Westminster
10:00am
Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
10:00am
Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

(at 10:00 am)
Mr George Laurence QC, Hillingdon Borough Council
Ms Claire Staddon, Hillingdon Borough Council
Mr Martin Kingston QC, Buckinghamshire County Council

Room 4, 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?

Watch an overview of the work of Lords Select Committees, the influence they have and the impact of their reports and recommendations.

How do House of Commons Select Committees work?

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.