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

Committee to take evidence from the Jo Cox Foundation

Committee to take evidence on hate crime from the Jo Cox Foundation and the Committee on Standards in Public Life

What's on

Monday 14 October 2019

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:25am
State Opening of Parliament
2:30pm
Speaker's Statement

Duties and responsibilities of Members

Debate on the Address

1st day of debate on the Queen's Speech

Adjournment

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am
State Opening of Parliament
3:30pm
Motion for Humble Address

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

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.