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

Lord Boswell of Aynho reappointed to chair European Union Committee

The House of Lords reappoints the European Union Committee Chairman on 21 June 2017

What's on

Monday 26 June 2017

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm
Statement

European Council

Statement

Northern Ireland

Statement

Update on Grenfell Tower fire and fire safety

Debate on the Address

Brexit and Foreign Affairs

Adjournment

Grenfell Tower fire

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm
Introduction(s)

Baroness Wyld

Oral questions

Publication of a strategy for aviation

Oral questions

Protection of the interests of the non-Jewish population in Palestine as set out in the Balfour Declaration in 1917

Oral questions

Action to bring to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, through the International Criminal Court or appropriate tribunals

Oral questions

2018 Boundary Reviews

Debate on the Address

Business, economic affairs, energy, transport, environment and agriculture

Statement

European Council

Statement

Update on the Grenfell Tower fire and fire safety

11:30pm
Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

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?

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.