The Committee examines the policy merits of any statutory instruments or regulations laid before the House of Lords that are subject to parliamentary procedure.
The Committee usually meets every Tuesday when the House is sitting and aims to publish its report the following Thursday.
The Committee also considers Public Bodies Orders and whether they meet the tests set out in the Act. (see left hand side bar for further detail)
The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee is the successor to the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee which existed until the end of the 2010-12 session.