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:
- Draft bills (pre-legislative scrutiny)
- Government Departments’ finance and performance
- European business
- Public appointments (pre-appointment scrutiny)