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 takes evidence from Home Secretary

Home Affairs Committee hears from Theresa May, Home Secretary, on Tuesday 17 March

What's on

Tuesday 17 March 2015

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:30am Oral questions

Justice, including Topical Questions

Ten Minute Rule Motion - Mr Jim Hood

Representation of the People (Candidate's Disclosure)

Legislation

Modern Slavery Bill - Programme motion - Theresa May

Legislation

Modern Slavery Bill - Consideration of Lords amendments - Theresa May

Debate

Debate on motions relating to Committee on Standards reports on the Standards System in the House of Commons (HC 383 2014-15) and on the Code of Conduct (HC 772 2014-15)

Backbench Business

Shaker Aamer

Adjournment - Jim Sheridan

Report on asbestos in schools

Westminster Hall

Time Business
9:30am - 11:00am Business - Adam Afriyie

Thames Valley technology sector

11:00am - 11:30am Business - Mr Nick Hurd

Financial inclusion

2:30pm - 4:00pm Business - Mr Mark Williams

VAT and the tourism industry

4:00pm - 4:30pm Business - John Mann

Government support for survivors of child abuse

4:30pm - 5:00pm Business - Austin Mitchell

Administration of Premier Motor Auctions

General Committee

Time Business
8:55am - Room 9, Palace of Westminster Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Electronic Commerce Directive (Financial Services and Markets) (Amendment) Order 2015 and the Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2015

8:55am - Room 11, Palace of Westminster Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure (Amendment) Order 2015, the draft Electricity and Gas (Market Integrity and Transparency) (Criminal Sanctions) Regulations 2015 and the Draft Contracts for Difference (Allocation) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

8:55am - Room 12, Palace of Westminster Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Variation of Borrowing Power) Order 2015

8:55am - Room 10, Palace of Westminster Thirteenth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Restraint Orders (Legal Aid Exception and Relevant Legal Aid Payments) Regulations 2015

2:30pm - Room 9, Palace of Westminster Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2015 and the draft Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential and Saving Provisions) Order 2015

2:30pm - Room 12, Palace of Westminster Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) and Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Select Committee

Time Business
9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Alexander and Natasha Douglas Nicholas and Veronica Ward Christina Wane Geoffrey and Pauline Crawley Janet and Dennis Brown Jose Wiggins Colin and Martha Vardy Richard and Christine Marks Paul and Joy Stone Anthony Cooper Anthony Wilkinson Doreen McIntyre and John McKeon Bryan and Joan Arnold Marjorie Fox and others G A Dutfield Arthur James Sherriff Andrea Leadsom MP

10:00am - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House Treasury

Appointment of Alex Brazier to the Financial Policy Committee - Alex Brazier, Executive Director, Financial Stability Strategy and Risk, Bank of England

2:00pm - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - As for morning session, unless already heard.

3:00pm - Room 15, Palace of Westminster Welsh Affairs

Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales - Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales

3:30pm - Room 8, Palace of Westminster Home Affairs

The work of the Home Secretary - Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral questions - Baroness Masham of Ilton

Bringing into force sections of the Equality Act 2010 to tackle Wheelchair users difficulties in obtaining taxis

Oral questions - Baroness King of Bow

Long-term funding for the College of Social Work

Oral questions - Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Protecting the Forestry Commission’s stake in Forest Holidays

Oral questions - Lord Clinton-Davis

Use of water cannons in London

Orders and regulations - Baroness Kramer

Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Legislation - Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation - Baroness Randerson

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation - Baroness Randerson

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill - Report stage

Legislation - Baroness Randerson

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill - 3rd reading

Legislation - Lord Newby

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation - Lord Newby

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill - Committee stage - Committee of the Whole House

Legislation - Lord Newby

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill - Report stage

Legislation - Lord Newby

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill - 3rd reading

Grand Committee

Time Business
3:30pm Orders and regulations - Baroness Verma

Draft Emissions Performance Standard Regulations 2015

Orders and regulations - Lord Wallace of Tankerness

Draft Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential and Saving Provisions) Order 2015

Orders and regulations - Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015

Orders and regulations - Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Charges and Governance) Regulations 2015

Orders and regulations - Earl Howe

Draft General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise and Over-arching Objective) and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (References to Court) Order 2015

Orders and regulations - Earl Howe

Draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order 2015

Select Committee

Time Business
10:15am - Other Science and Technology (Lords)

Private Meeting

3:30pm - Room 3, Palace of Westminster EU Economic and Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

Private Meeting

4:00pm - Room 4, Palace of Westminster EU Select

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.

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.