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

What's on

Thursday 5 March 2015

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am Oral Questions

Transport, including Topical Questions; Leader of the House; House of Commons Commission

Business Statement

Leader of the House

Backbench Business

(i) International Women's Day (ii) Welsh affairs

Adjournment - Nadine Dorries

Littlewoods and Telegraph pension funds

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 4:30pm Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

Planning and the National Policy Planning Framework

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am Oral Questions

Promotion of education of young women and gender equality in developing nations

Oral Questions

Prevention of sexual violence and publication of What is Consent toolkit by the Crown Prosecution Service

Oral Questions

Measures to encourage women to participate in sports on a professional basis

Oral Questions

Lake District National Park Authority intention to sell land


Women's economic empowerment both nationally and internationally

Short Debate

Technologies to reduce the number of collisions between HGVs and cyclists

Grand Committee

Time Business
1:00pm Short Debate

Current proposals for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine

Short Debate

Participation of women in rowing at every level

Short Debate

Effect on youth unemployment of any increase in the employment levels of older people

Short Debate

Steps being taken to meet the continuing challenge of HIV and AIDS

Short Debate

Role of women's refuge centres in protecting victims of domestic and mental abuse

Select Committee

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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