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

Do Government regulations inhibit freedom of debate at universities?

Joint Committee on Human Rights hears from academics

What's on

Thursday 18 January 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am
Oral questions

Transport - including Topical Questions

Backbench Business

Debate on a motion on treatment of SMEs by RBS Global Restructuring Group

Backbench Business

General debate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Adjournment

Musgrove Park Hospital's Surgical Centre

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

First Joint Report of the Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee, Future of supported housing, HC 867, Session 2016-17, and the Government response, Cm 9522

General Committee

Time Business Venue
11:30am
Public Bill Committee

Finance (No.2) Bill - 7th sitting

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
2:00pm
Public Bill Committee

Finance (No.2) Bill - 8th sitting

Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Oral Evidence Session
The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal

Andy Williams, Vice President R&D for MedImmune and Cambridge Transition Team Leader for AstraZeneca
Eilis Ferran, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional International Relations, Cambridge University
Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director, Deimos UK
Professor Greg Hannon, Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Other - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am
Oral questions

Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief 'Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality'

Oral questions

Avoiding limitations on UK sovereignty in negotiating trade agreements with other states after the UK leaves the EU

Oral questions

Resourcing local authorities to provide universal access to the Strength and Balance Programme for adults over 65

Oral questions

Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan

Debate

Effect of the foreign policy of the USA on inter-state relationships around the world, particularly in light of the UK’s changing relationships with EU countries

Short debate

Government assessment of the extent to which the legal system does justice to alleged victims in the commencement of prosecutions, the disclosure of evidence to defendants, and the relationship between the Crown Prosecution Service and the police authorities

Debate

Case for the UK to remain a global leader for green finance, and for the UK’s financial sector to be resilient to climate change

Grand Committee

Time Business
1:00pm
Short debate

Importance of modern foreign language teaching in schools and universities and the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Short debate

Conducting a defence review in the light of the capability of the Armed Forces to meet global defence needs

Short debate

Ensuring children receive regular dental examinations and any necessary treatment

Short debate

Celebrating the 70th anniversary in 2018 of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush

Short debate

Guidance given to UK Sport about which sports are to receive funding for elite programmes

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Private Meeting
Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
10:50am
Oral Evidence Session
EU external approach to migration

(at 11:00 am)
Sir Stephen O'Brien, Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations

Room 1, Palace of Westminster
2:00pm
Private Meeting
Room 4A, 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.