COMMONS

Liaison Committee - role

The House of Commons Liaison Committee brings together the Chairs of select committees to consider matters of common interest and to take evidence from the Prime Minister three times a year. Its functions and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No.145.

The Committee’s role includes:

  • Considering general matters relating to the work of select committees – agreeing guidelines and core tasks for committees and promoting effective scrutiny
  • Giving advice to the House of Commons Commission on select committee matters, as required, with delegated responsibility for allocating funding for select committee travel
  • Choosing select committee reports for debate in Westminster Hall
  • Recommending which Government Departments’ Estimates are allocated for debate in the House of Commons on Estimates Days
  • Deciding which committee is appropriate to scrutinise each proposal for a National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 (for which purpose the Committee has a National Policy Statements Sub-Committee)
  • Taking evidence from the Prime Minister on matters of public policy – usually three times a year.

The Committee takes a particular interest in encouraging effective committee scrutiny of:

Guidance

Overseas travel

Guidelines for overseas travel by Select Committees as agreed by the Liaison Committee on 28 April 2011 available as a web page or PDF file.

The use of electronic devices

Guidance on the use of electronic devices in Select Committees as agreed by the Liaison Committee on 20 October 2011 available as a web page or PDF file.

Overseas travel guidelines

Guidelines for overseas travel by Select Committees as agreed by the Liaison Committee on 28 April 2011 available as a web page or PDF file.