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

Kate Green confirmed as Chair of Standards Committee

Stretford and Urmston MP elected new Standards Committee Chair

What's on

Monday 15 October 2018

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)

Ministerial statement

Update on EU exit negotiations

Ministerial statement

Green GB Week and clean growth

Ministerial statement

Loneliness Strategy


Rail fares between Ipswich and London

Westminster Hall

Time Business
Westminster Hall debate

e-petition 211950 relating to setting up a new independent body for the protection of racehorses.

General Committee

Time Business Venue
First Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations 2018

Room 9, Palace of Westminster
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Adult Education Functions) Order and the draft West Midlands Combined Authority (Adult Education Functions) Order

Room 11, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
Scotland and Brexit: Trade and Foreign Investment

Wendy Alexander, Universities Scotland
Richard Williams, Universities Scotland
Alastair Ross, Association of British Insurers
Conor Lawlor, UK Finance
Richard Normington, Investment Association
Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS
Svea Miesch, ScotlandIS
Michael Clancy, Law Society of Scotland
Carolyn Thurston Smith, Law Society of Scotland

Other - Royal Society Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Oral Evidence Session
Exiting the European Union: Defra

Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
David Kennedy, Director General for Food, Farming, Animal and Plant Health, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sonia Phippard, Director General for Environment, Rural and Marine, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tamara Finkelstein, Director General for EU Exit Delivery, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Improving Home Office assessments of asylum applications on the grounds of religious or belief-based persecution

Oral questions

Adapting education and training to address the needs of the changing economy

Oral questions

Ensuring prisoners participate in purposeful activity during their sentence

Oral questions

National Police Chiefs’ Council concern that problems with Police and Crime Commissioners have resulted in fewer applications for Chief Constable positions.

Private Notice Question

To ask the Government what steps they will take in response to concerns over the level of toxins found at the Grenfell Tower site and calls for survivors, firefighters and local residents to undergo immediate tests to monitor any damage to their DNA.


Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee stage (day 2)


Protection of property guardians


Update on EU Exit Negotiations

Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Private Meeting
Room 3A, Palace of Westminster
Oral Evidence Session
Draft Finance Bill 2018

(at 4:05 pm)
Mr Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
Mr Sion Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, IRIS Software Group
Mr Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office for Tax Simplification

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.