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

More detail requested on energy and climate ‘no deal’ preparations

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has written to the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth

Inquiries A-Z

New Inquiries Date announced
CEDAW 14.11.2018
INF Treaty withdrawal 14.11.2018
Non-Disclosure Agreements 13.11.2018
Future of audit 12.11.2018
My Science Inquiry 09.11.2018

What's on

Thursday 15 November 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am
Oral questions

International Trade (including Topical Questions)

10:00am
Oral questions

Women and Equalities (including Topical Questions)

Business Statement

Business Questions to the Leader of the House

General debate

The Veterans Strategy

Adjournment

Community broadband schemes

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Select Committee Statement on the publication of the Eleventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Evidence-based early years intervention, HC 506

Westminster Hall debate

Anti-bullying week 2018

General Committee

Time Business Venue
11:30am
Public Bill Committee

Agriculture Bill

Room 12, Palace of Westminster
2:00pm
Public Bill Committee

Agriculture Bill

Room 12, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
China and the international rules-based system

The Hon. Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, and President, Asia Society Policy Institute

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am
Oral questions

General Practitioner contract negotiations for 2019-20

Oral questions

Impact of work-related stress on productivity

Oral questions

Whether police forces have established effective priorities for fighting crime

Oral questions

Ability of police forces in England and Wales to tackle knife and other serious and violent crime in addition to funding provided by the Early Intervention Youth Fund

Motion

Privileges and Conduct Committee 2nd Report of Session 2017-19 - motion to agree

Motion

Privileges and Conduct Committee 2nd Report of Session 2017-19 - amendment to the motion to agree

Debate

Government's Veterans Strategy

Short debate

Ending the Conflict in Yemen

Debate

Threat to the environment by plastic and the case for improved recycling

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Oral Evidence Session
International Development Cooperation after Brexit

(at 11:00 am)
H.E Mr Omar Al Nahar, Ambassador , Embassy of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
H.E Mr Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador , Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Room 1, Palace of Westminster
12:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Foreign policy in changed world conditions

(at 12:40 pm)
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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.