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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.
Defence Committee report on investigations into British military fatalities in Northern Ireland
Environment Food, and Rural Affairs Committee report on the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence on 26 April 2017 at 10.45am
Scottish Affairs Committee publishes report on the planned closure of Jobcentres in Scotland
Construction Industry (Protection of Cash Retentions)
Motion to approve a Ways and Means Resolution on the Digital Economy Bill
Digital Economy Bill
Criminal Finances Bill
Higher Education and Research Bill
Effect of diesel fumes in Islwyn
School funding in the North East of England.
Colne to Skipton railway.
Whirlpool and the product safety system.
Learning outside the classroom.
Upper catchment management.
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Encouraging the study of design subjects in schools
Refining the definition of domestic extremism to enable the police to focus on those involved in terrorism and serious crime
Action to deliver the UNs Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030
Reports of the persecution and detention of LGBT citizens in Chechnya
Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Committee stage - Baroness Scott of Byrbook - Committee of the Whole House
Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House
Farriers (Registration) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House
Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Consideration of Commons amendments - Lord O’Shaughnessy
Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - 2nd reading
Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House
Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Report stage
Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - 3rd reading
Finance (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading
Finance (No. 2) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House
Finance (No. 2) Bill - Report stage
Finance (No. 2) Bill - 3rd reading
(at 10:45 am) Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State, Home Office
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.
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.
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.
The About Parliament section of our site provides information on the types of Parliamentary committees and their work.
Watch an overview of the work of Lords Select Committees, the influence they have and the impact of their reports and recommendations.
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.