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

“Criminal offences committed against MPs imperil both the democratic process and public service”

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes correspondence from the CPS regarding threats against MPs

What's on

Thursday 21 March 2019

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Transport (including Topical Questions)

Urgent question

Extension of Northern Ireland Secretary’s power not to hold an Assembly election

Business Statement

Business Questions to the Leader of the House

Select Committee Statement

Twelfth Report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on Leasehold Reform, HC 1468

Backbench Business

General Debate on Services for People with Autism

Backbench Business

General Debate on NICE Appraisal Processes for Treatments for Rare Diseases


Valproate pregnancy prevention programme

Westminster Hall

Time Business
Westminster Hall debate

Eleventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Evidence-based early years intervention, HC 506, and the Committee's Fifteenth Report, Government response to the Committee's Eleventh Report, HC 1898

General Committee

Time Business Venue
Twelfth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Rural Development (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the draft Rural Development (Rules and Decisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Room 9, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

International mechanisms to identify and prosecute suspected war criminals

Oral questions

Extending fiscal and legal protection to close family members who live together long-term in jointly owned property

Oral questions

Expanding access to yoga and its associated health benefits particularly in the NHS

Oral questions

The New Home Standard and measures to ensure accessible and adaptable standards are met

Orders and regulations

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Train Driving Licences and Certificates (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Railways (Interoperability) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to regret


The extension of her power under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act

Orders and regulations

Common Rules for Access to the International Market for Coach and Bus Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Electronic Commerce and Solvency 2 (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Health Services (Cross-Border Health Care and Miscellaneous Amendments) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; National Health Service (Cross-Border Healthcare and Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Social Security Coordination (Reciprocal Healthcare) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Orders and regulations

Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
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?

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