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

Factory line making a car chassis CBI, TUC and City of London give evidence on Post-Brexit UK-EU relations

EU Committee hears evidence on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 4.00pm

What's on

Monday 23 April 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Defence (including Topical Questions)


Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - 2nd reading


Reimbursement for patient transport volunteer drivers

Westminster Hall

Time Business
Westminster Hall debate

This House has considered e-petition 205106 relating to the privatisation of NHS services

General Committee

Time Business Venue
First Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Mandatory Conditions of Licences) (England) Regulations 2018

Room 9, Palace of Westminster
Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018 and the draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
Third Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (Railways) Order 2018

Room 11, Palace of Westminster
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Combined Authorities (Borrowing) Regulations 2018

Room 12, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
Implementing EU Exit: the financial settlement

Sir Tom Scholar, Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
Mark Bowman, Director General, International Finance, HM Treasury
Ian Ginsberg, Deputy Director, European Financing, HM Treasury

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill

Staffordshire County Council
Lichfield District Council
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, represented by Alastair Lewis QC, Sharpe Pritchard

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Oral Evidence Session
Mobility as a Service

Dr Steve Cassidy, Managing Director, ESP Group
Johan Herrlin, CEO, Ito World
Sampo Hietanen, CEO, MaaS Global
Sarah Owen-Vandersluis, Partner, Strategic Advisory, KPMG

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill

As for afternoon session unless already heard

Room 5, Palace of Westminster

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Plans for the administration and distribution of the children’s Contestable Fund

Oral questions

Care Quality Commission’s report 'The state of care in independent online primary health services'

Oral questions

Appointment of the new Chair and members of the Social Mobility Commission

Oral questions

Government progress in rolling out Universal Credit


European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Report (day 2)

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

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.