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

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Scottish Affairs Committee examine plans for BBC Scotland

What's on

Wednesday 12 December 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
Oral questions

Northern Ireland

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

International Trade and Development Agency

Legislation

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [Lords] - remaining stages

Adjournment

Development of the artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes

Westminster Hall

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

UK fishing industry

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

Government's blue belt programme and the South Seas Sandwich islands

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

NHS reorganisation

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

HMY Iolaire remembered

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

Plans for a Thames Water reservoir at Abingdon

General Committee

Time Business Venue
8:55am
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Merchant Shipping (Recognised Organisations) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Room 9, Palace of Westminster
8:55am
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Capital Requirements (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 and the draft Bank Recovery and Resolution and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Room 12, Palace of Westminster
10:00am
Public Bill Committee

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Room 11, Palace of Westminster
2:30pm
Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018

Room 9, Palace of Westminster
2:30pm
Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Room 12, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Scrutiny of the Fisheries Bill

Chris Williams, Senior Programme Manager, New Economics Foundation
Dr Thomas Appleby, representative, Blue Marine Foundation
Martin Salter, Head of Campaigns, The Angling Trust
Helen McLachlan, representative, Greener UK
Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop, Lecturer in Marine Conservation, University of Plymouth

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Funding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget: Health

David Babington, Chief Executive, Action Mental Health
Dr Gerry Lynch, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor Peter McBride, Chief Executive, Inspire
Professor Nichola Rooney, Chair of the British Psychological Society Northern Ireland

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9:50am
Oral Evidence Session
Work of the Government Equalities Office

Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities
Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Head, Government Equalities Office

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
10:15am
Oral Evidence Session
Consequences for UK Defence of INF withdrawal

Frank Miller, former senior U.S. Defense Department and White House official

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
10:20am
Oral Evidence Session
Two-child limit

Josephine Tucker, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Child Poverty Action Group
Tom Waters, Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Women’s Aid
Zoe Charlesworth, Policy and Product Manager, Policy in Practice

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
2:00pm
Oral Evidence Session
BBC Scotland

Donalda MacKinnon, Director, BBC Scotland
Gary Smith, Head of News, BBC Scotland
Steve Carson, Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
2:15pm
Oral Evidence Session
How green was the budget?

Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate group
Julian Kirby, Lead Plastics-Free Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Josh Burke, Policy Fellow, UK Climate and Energy Policy, Grantham Research Institute
Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
Philip Duffy, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, HM Treasury
Neil Kenward, Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture, HM Treasury
Anne-Therese Farmer, Deputy Director, Energy and Transport Tax, HM Treasury

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
The social impact of participation in culture and sport

Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society
Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Driving value in public spending

John Manzoni, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office
James Bowler, Director General for Public Spending, HM Treasury

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
2:45pm
Oral Evidence Session
Scrutiny of the Fisheries Bill

George Eustice MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Anne Freeman, Deputy Director for Domestic Fisheries and Reform, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
2:45pm
Oral Evidence Session
Should there be a Commons Budget Committee?

Professor David Heald, Professor of Public Sector Accounting, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Dr Joachim Wehner, Associate Professor in Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Room 15, Palace of Westminster

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
3:00pm
Oral questions

Providing serviced plots for self- and custom-built homes in order to meet social and other housing needs

Oral questions

Recent trade deal to supply 50,000 lambs killed without stunning to Saudi Arabia

Oral questions

People’s Vote on Brexit

Oral questions

Interserve’s financial situation and the impact this may have on the provision of public services

Legislation

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill - Third reading

Legislation

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill - Third reading

Legislation

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - Committee stage

Legislation

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill - Committee stage

Debate

Report from the Science and Technology Committee 'Off-site manufacture for construction: Building for change'

Short debate

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts, and the contribution made by the Academy to the artistic and cultural life of the country

Grand Committee

Time Business
3:45pm
Orders and regulations

Bank Recovery and Resolution and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018; Capital Requirements (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Orders and regulations

Payment Accounts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Orders and regulations

Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (Amendment) Order 2018

Orders and regulations

Blood Safety and Quality (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Parental Orders) Regulations 2018; Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
9:45am
Oral Evidence Session
Implementation and enforcement of the EU landing obligation

(at 10:00 am)
Mr Michael Coyle, Head of Compliance and Control, Marine Management Organisation
Mr Julian Roberts, Head of Future Fisheries , Marine Management Organisation
Mr Allan Gibb, Head of Sea Fisheries Division, Marine Scotland
(at 11:00 am)
Mr George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Defra
Mr Nigel Gooding, Deputy Director for EU fisheries policy and negotiations, Defra

Room 2, Palace of Westminster
10:15am
Oral Evidence Session
Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties

(at 10:30 am)
Dr Brigid Fowler, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society
Mr Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
(at 11:15 am)
Mr Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
Mr David Lawrence, Senior Political Adviser, Trade Justice Movement

Room 1, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 2A, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Brexit: EU student exchanges and funding for university research

(at 10:40 am)
Mr Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students
Mr John Latham, International Projects Manager at Lancaster & Morecambe College, Association of Colleges
Ms Gail Armistead, Associate Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham, Russell Group
(at 11:40 am)
Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Research and Innovation

Room 3, Palace of Westminster
10:40am
Oral Evidence Session
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament

(at 10:40 am)
Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, United Nations
Mr Ioan Tudor, Head of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Section, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

Room 4, 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.