General Information on House of Lords' Select Committees

The House of Lords has a number of investigative Committees appointed to look at particular subject. The following are appointed every session:

A number of Committees are appointed as Joint Committees with the House of Commons. These include:

These Committees regularly invite evidence on subjects under enquiry and meetings are often open to the public. In addition, the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee regularly invites written submissions on draft Regulatory Reform Orders.

The Liaison Committee oversees the Committee work of the House and recommends the appointment of new Committees.

The House of Lords also regularly appoints other Committees on the following matters:

1. The domestic affairs of the House (for example, the Procedure Committee and the Committee for Privileges).

2. Private legislation.

3. Certain aspects of Public Legislation (for example, the Joint Committees on Statutory Instruments and Consolidation Bills and the Select Committee on Merits of Statutory Instruments).

Most Public Bills are considered on the Floor in Committees of the whole House. For information about these committees contact the House of Lords' Information Office (Tel: 020 7219 3107).