Constitution Committee - role

An overview

The Constitution Committee examines all Public Bills for constitutional implications and investigates broad constitutional issues. The membership of the Committee draws on the expertise in the House of Lords.

What do we do?

The Committee assesses the impact of a Public Bill and, where appropriate, publishes a report on the Bill to inform the House. The Committee also undertakes investigative inquiries into wider constitutional issues and publishes a report with recommendations aimed principally at the Government.

The Committee also takes annual evidence from the Minister for the Constitution, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the President of the Supreme Court and from the chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.  

In the 2015-16 session the Committee published ten reports.  These are available on the publications page. Future Committee reports will appear here as they are available.


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.