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

The rights of Welsh-speaking offenders

Committee holds session on Prisons in Wales and treatment of Welsh offenders

What's on

Thursday 5 February 2015

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am Oral Questions

Energy and Climate Change, including Topical Questions

Business Statement

Leader of the House

Backbench Business

(i) Building sustainable GP services (ii) Improving cancer outcomes

Adjournment - Andrew Griffiths

Beer duty

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 4:30pm

(i) Debate on the Fourth Report from the Political And Constitutional Reform Committee, session 2014-15: Voter engagement in the UK (HC 232 2014-15), and the Government response (HC 1037 2014-15), and the Sixth Report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, session 2014-15: Voter Engagement in the UK: follow up (HC 938 2014-15)(ii) Debate on the First Report from the Work And Pensions Committee, session 2014-15: Employment and Support Allowance And Work Capability Assessments (HC 302 2014-15), and the Government response (Cm 8967 2014-15)

General Committee

Time Business
11:30am - Room 9, Palace of Westminster Eleventh Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Amendment) Order 2015

11:30am Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill Committee

to consider the Bill

2:00pm Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill Committee

to consider the Bill

Select Committee

Time Business
2:15pm - Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Welsh Affairs

Prisons in Wales and treatment of Welsh offenders - Heledd Williams, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society) and Cen Llwyd, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society); Meri Huws, Comisiynydd y Gymraeg (Welsh Language Commissioner)

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am Introduction(s)
Oral Questions

Russian armed forces

Oral Questions

Supporting women suffering from postnatal depression

Oral Questions

Promoting housing on brownfield land, rather than greenfield sites

Oral Questions

National Gallery’s decision to privatise their visitor services

Legislation - Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Pension Schemes Bill - Third reading - Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Legislation - Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Deregulation Bill - Report stage (Day 2) - Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Short Debate

Improvement of maternity care and training of maternity staff

7:00pm Estimated Rising Time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business
10:00am - Room 1, Palace of Westminster External Affairs (EU Sub-Committee C)

Private meeting

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.

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