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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.
EU Select Committee takes evidence on 25 October
EU Home Affairs Committee takes evidence from met police counter-terrorism lead Wednesday 19 October at 10.30am
European Scrutiny Committee takes evidence from Minister on how Brexit has affected EU negotiations
Select Committee on Charities takes evidence on Tuesday 25 October at 4.40pm
The House is expected to sit on this day to consider Private Members' Bill (Standing Order No. 14(8))
Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill - 2nd reading
Age checks on child refugees
Continuation of the Second Reading debate of the Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill
Registration of Marriage Bill - 2nd reading
Kettering General Hospital
No business announced
House of Lords Bill [HL] - 2nd reading
Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading
Age checks being carried out on child refugees
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading
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.