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

Protect Northern Ireland veterans with Statute of Limitations

Defence Committee report on investigations into British military fatalities in Northern Ireland

What's on

Wednesday 26 April 2017

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
Oral questions

Wales

12:00pm
Prime Minister's Question Time
Ten Minute Rule Motion

Construction Industry (Protection of Cash Retentions)

Legislation

Motion to approve a Ways and Means Resolution on the Digital Economy Bill

Consideration of Lords amendments

Digital Economy Bill

Consideration of Lords amendments

Criminal Finances Bill

Consideration of Lords amendments

Higher Education and Research Bill

Adjournment

Effect of diesel fumes in Islwyn

Westminster Hall

Time Business
9:30am - 11:00am
Westminster Hall debate

School funding in the North East of England.

11:00am - 11:30am
Westminster Hall debate

Colne to Skipton railway.

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Westminster Hall debate

Whirlpool and the product safety system.

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Learning outside the classroom.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Upper catchment management.

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
3:00pm
Oral questions

Encouraging the study of design subjects in schools

Oral questions

Refining the definition of domestic extremism to enable the police to focus on those involved in terrorism and serious crime

Oral questions

Action to deliver the UNs Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030

Oral questions

Reports of the persecution and detention of LGBT citizens in Chechnya

Legislation

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Committee stage - Baroness Scott of Byrbook - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Farriers (Registration) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Consideration of Commons amendments - Lord O’Shaughnessy

Legislation

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Report stage

Legislation

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation

Finance (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation

Finance (No. 2) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation

Finance (No. 2) Bill - Report stage

Legislation

Finance (No. 2) Bill - 3rd reading

7:00pm
Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Private Meeting
Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
10:15am
Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Oral Evidence Session
The EU Data Protection Package

(at 10:45 am)
Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State, Home Office

Room 3, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 2A, 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.