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

How should children be better protected online?

Communications Committee takes evidence on Tuesday 19 June at 3.30pm

What's on

Monday 18 June 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm
Oral questions

Housing, Communities and Local Government (including Topical Questions)

Emergency Debate

Validity of the Sewel Convention

Motion

European Documents relating to EU Trade Agreements: EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

General debate

Acquired Brain Injury

Adjournment

Accessibility challenges for people with invisible disabilities

Westminster Hall

Time Business
4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

This House has considered e-petition 209433 relating to a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords

General Committee

Time Business Venue
4:30pm
First Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Double Taxation Relief (Mauritius) Order 2018 and the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Cyprus) Order 2018

Room 9, Palace of Westminster
4:30pm
Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, E, F and H) Order 2018

Room 11, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
3:00pm
Oral Evidence Session
Supporting primary care services: NHS England's contract with Capita

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England
Emily Lawson, National Director, Transformation and Corporate Operations, NHS England
Jonathan Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Capita plc
Stephen Sharp, Executive Officer, Capita Government Services

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
4:10pm
Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill

174 and AP1/18 - The Yarlet Trust, Petitioners
Colin Smith, Property Consultant,
Tim Smart, Chief Engineer, High Speed 2

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
4:15pm
Oral Evidence Session
The conduct of tax enquiries and resolution of tax disputes

Victoria Todd, Senior Technical Manager, Low Incomes Tax Reform Group
Paula Ruffell, Tax Investigations and Disputes Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Keith Gordon, Barrister, Temple Tax Chambers

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
4:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Strategic Suppliers

Jonathan Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Capita plc
Stephen Sharp, Executive Officer, Capita Government Services

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
4:45pm
Oral Evidence Session
Rail timetable changes

Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer, GTR
Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer, GTR
David Brown, Managing Director, Arriva Rail North Ltd
Rob Warnes, Performance and Planning Director, Arriva Rail North Ltd
Jo Kaye, Managing Director, System Operator, Network Rail
John Halsall, Route Managing Director, South East, Network Rail
Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director, London North Western, Network Rail

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm
Oral questions

Impact on hospices of NHS pay increases and the ability of voluntary hospices to access additional funding

Oral questions

Improving performance on immigration matters in the Home Office

Oral questions

Bringing private burial grounds in line with cemeteries and burial grounds regulated by statute

Oral questions

New exploration and recovery of oil and gas from the UK's continental shelf

Legislation

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Consideration of Commons amendments

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
3:00pm
Oral Evidence Session
Scrutiny of Brexit negotiations

(at 3:00 pm)
Mr Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union
Ms Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary, Northern Ireland 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.