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 withdrawal would be complex and daunting, Committee finds

The EU Committee's report analyses the process for withdrawing from the EU

What's on

Wednesday 4 May 2016

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
Oral questions

International Development, including Topical Questions

12:00pm
Prime Minister's Question Time
Urgent question

Reforms to the Dublin system on asylum

Ten Minute Rule Motion

Town and County Planning (Electricity Generating Consent)

Opposition Day Debate

NHS bursaries (unallotted half-day)

Backbench Business

Education funding in London

Adjournment

Taxi licensing regulations

Westminster Hall

Time Business
9:30am - 11:00am
Westminster Hall debate

UK relations with the Gulf

11:00am - 11:30am
Westminster Hall debate

Health services in West Cumbria

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Westminster Hall debate

Performance of the North East Ambulance Service

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

Sentencing for knife crime

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Anglo-Russian relations

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Social Work Reform

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, Department for Education
Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, Department for Education

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Access to finance

British Chambers of Commerce
Institute of Directors
EEF
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Grant Thornton UK

Room 15, Palace of Westminster
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
The future of Jobcentre Plus

Matthew Oakley, Senior Researcher, Social Market Foundation
Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research,Learning and Work Institute
Patrick Hughes, former Director London and East of England Jobcentre Plus
Claire Horton, Project Manager, Newcastle City Council
Nicoya Palastanga, Partnership Manager (Universal Credit), West Lindsey District Council
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
Chris Williams, President, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
9:45am
Oral Evidence Session
Restorative justice

Ali Wigzell, Deputy Chair, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Ben Byrne, Head of Youth Support, Surrey County Council
Rt Hon Lord McNally, Chair, Youth Justice Board
Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Women's Aid
Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law, Durham University
Diana Barran, Chief Executive, SafeLives

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
10:15am
Oral Evidence Session
UK military operations in Syria and Iraq

Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
Tim Marshall, The What and The Why
Anthony Loyd, The Times

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
2:15pm
Oral Evidence Session
Countries of Culture

Neil MacGregor, former Director of the British Museum

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
2:15pm
Oral Evidence Session
Transparency of EU Council Decision Making

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett MP

Room 15, Palace of Westminster
2:45pm
Oral Evidence Session
Scrutiny of the Government’s Supply Estimates

Professor John McEldowney, Study of Parliament Group
Sir Stephen Laws KCB QC, Study of Parliament Group

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
4:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Evidence from the Prime Minister - May 2016

Rt Hon Mr David Cameron MP

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
3:00pm
Royal Assent

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Oral questions

An audit of the poverty programmes supported by the Government

Oral questions

Amending the Railways Act 1993 to oblige the Office of Rail and Road, when deciding an open access application, to take into account the interests of passengers, the public purse and subsequent franchise competitions

Oral questions

Improving access to apprenticeships offering career progression and high skill employment

Oral questions

Case of Jan Böhmermann in Germany

Legislation

Housing and Planning Bill - Consideration of Commons amendments

Debate

Discussions with Disability Rights UK and Disability Benefits Consortium on identifying a mobility criterion in the Personal Independence Payment

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Private Meeting
Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
10:15am
Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Private Meeting
Archbishops' Room, Millbank House
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 2, Palace of Westminster
3:00pm
Private Meeting
Room 3A, Palace of Westminster
4:15pm
Private Meeting
Committee Room G

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.