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

Government rebuked for lack of preparation on Brexit and chemicals

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Committee has written to Defra Minister Thérèse Coffey MP highlighting renewed concerns about the Government’s ill-preparedness to take on the regulation of chemicals and maintain chemical trade after Brexit

What's on

Wednesday 16 January 2019

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
Oral questions

Scotland

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

Low-Level Letter Boxes (Prohibition)

Motion

Business of the House (Today)

Motion

No Confidence in Her Majesty's Government

Adjournment

Car production in Solihull

Westminster Hall

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

Taxation of low-income families

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

Representations by Members of Parliament to the Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of constituents

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

Future of the British bioethanol industry

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

Guildford Borough Council and its local plan

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

UK Government response to UN climate change conference 2018

General Committee

Time Business Venue
10:00am
Public Bill Committee

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Room 11, Palace of Westminster
10:00am
Public Bill Committee

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill

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

Draft Justification Decision Power (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

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

Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 and the draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Amendment etc.) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

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

Draft Services of Lawyers and Lawyer’s Practice (Revocation etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Room 12, Palace of Westminster
2:30pm
Eleventh Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
4:30pm
Eleventh Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
9:15am
Oral Evidence Session
Bank of England Financial Stability Reports

Dr Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England
Richard Sharp, External member of the Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England
Anil Kashyap, External member of the Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England
Alex Brazier, Executive Director (Financial Stability Strategy and Risk), Bank of England

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Welfare safety net: follow-up

The Baroness Phillipa Stroud, Chair, Social Metrics Commission
Matthew Oakley, Secretariat of the Social Metrics Commission
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director, Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research, Heriot-Watt University
Julie Jarman, Principal, Living Standards Programme, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Room 16, Palace of Westminster
9:30am
Oral Evidence Session
Funding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget: Health

Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health (NI)
Jackie Johnston, Deputy Secretary of Healthcare Policy, Department of Health (NI)

Room 6, Palace of Westminster
9:50am
Oral Evidence Session
Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Barbara Cohen
Niall Crowley
Mike Smith, Chief Executive, Real
Nick Webster, Senior Solicitor, Leigh Day

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
10:00am
Oral Evidence Session
Accountability hearings

Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State, Department for Education
Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
10:00am
Oral Evidence Session
UK Trade Remedies Authority - follow-up

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive Designate, Trade Remedies Authority
Amanda Brooks, Director, Trade Remedies, Access and Controls, Department for International Trade
Gaynor Jeffery, Deputy Director of Trade Remedies and Import Control, Department for International Trade

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
Pre-appointment hearing: preferred candidate for Comptroller and Auditor General

Gareth Davies, Head of Public Services, Mazars

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
2:30pm
Oral Evidence Session
UK Exit from the EU

Rt Hon Mr David Davis MP

Room 6, Palace of Westminster

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
3:00pm
Oral questions

Public support for remaining the European Union

Oral questions

Increase in development rights following the government's consultation: 'Planning reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes'.

Oral questions

Ban on gambling advertising to counter negative effects on younger and vulnerable people

Oral questions

Supporting citizens of EU countries who have been resident in the UK since before the UK joined the European Economic Community

Debate

Report from the Economic Affairs Committee, 'Treating Students Fairly: The Economics of Post-School Education'

Debate

Report from the EU Committee 'Brexit: the proposed UK–EU security treaty'

Debate

Report from the EU Committee 'Brexit: will consumers be protected?'

10:00pm
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
Private Meeting
Room 4, Palace of Westminster
10:30am
Private Meeting
Room 3, Palace of Westminster
10:40am
Oral Evidence Session
Yemen, The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament

(at 10:40 am)
The Rt. Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development
Dr Louise Walker, Head of Office, DFID Yemen
Mr James Downer, Yemen Team
(at 11:50 am)
Rt Hon The Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Secretary of State for Defence (2006-2008), Vice-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Room 2, 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.