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

What's on

Monday 21 November 2011

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral Questions

Education, including Topical Questions

Statement

Northern Rock

Statement

Housing Reform

Debate

Intelligence and Security Committee

Adjournment - Mr Charles Walker

Access to acute and crisis mental health care

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Time Business
4:30pm - Room 10, Palace of Westminster European Committee B

European Union Documents No. 14357/11 Commission Communication: Schengen governance¬—strengthening the area without internal border control, No. 14539/11 Draft Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 in order to provide for common rules on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders in exceptional circumstances, No.16664/10 Draft Regulation on the establishment of an evaluation mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis with No. 14358/11 Amended proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis, and No. 14142/10 Draft Council Decision on the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania

4:30pm - Room 11, Palace of Westminster Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011

4:30pm - Room 12, Palace of Westminster Third Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2011

Select Committee

Time Business
2:15pm - The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions

Privacy and Injunctions - The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Mr Justice Baker (at 2.15 pm); The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls and Mr Justice Tugendhat (at 3.15 pm)

3:30pm - Room 15, Palace of Westminster Public Accounts

BBC Efficiency Programme - Anthony Fry, BBC Trust, Mark Thompson, Director General, Zarin Patel, Chief Financial Officer, BBC

4:20pm - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House Communities and Local Government

Financing for new housing supply - Andy Hull, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Public Policy Research, Peter Williams, Director, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Jim Vine, Head of Programme, UK Housing Policy and Practice, Building and Social Housing Foundation and Roger Harding, Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs, Shelter; John Stewart, Director of Economic Affairs, Home Builders Federation, Cllr Clyde Loakes, Vice Chair, Environment and Housing Board, Local Government Association, Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy (Real Estate), British Property Federation and Abigail Davies, Assistant Director of Policy and Practice, Chartered Institute of Housing (at 5.10pm)

5:00pm - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House Foreign Affairs

EU Enlargement and Foreign Policy - Baroness Ashton of Upholland, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral Questions - Lord Sharkey

National early diagnosis campaigns following the enactment

Oral Questions - Baroness Benjamin

Children’s public service channels on electronic programming guides

Oral Questions - Lord Sheikh

International development funds spending

Oral Questions - Lord Risby

Current situation in Syria

Legislation - Baroness Garden of Frognal

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Amendment) Bill - Third reading - Baroness Garden of Frognal

Legislation - Lord McNally

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill - Second reading - Lord McNally

11:00pm Estimated Rising Time

Grand Committee

Time Business
3:30pm Legislation - Lord Freud

Welfare Reform Bill - Committee stage (Day 15) - Lord Freud

7:30pm Estimated Rising Time

Select Committee

Time Business
2:00pm - The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions

Privacy and Injunctions - (at 2.15pm) The Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division of the High Court; Mr Justice Baker; and (at 3.15pm) The Rt. Hon. the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls; and Mr Justice Tugendhat.

2:30pm Draft Financial Services Bill Joint Committee

to consider the Bill - Committee visit to the Bank of England.

4:00pm - Room 2, Palace of Westminster Internal Market, Energy and Transport (EU Sub-Committee B)

- This is a private meeting.

Related information

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.

Select Committees Film

This short film explains the role and impact of select committees, their membership, how they conduct inquiries, what it's like to be a witness and how you can get involved.

Independent review of the incident at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee

List of recommendations in the independent review of the incident at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 19 July 2011, together with progress report on implementation as at 17 October 2011

List of recommendations in the independent review