Committees

Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 30 March 2015, all select committees have ceased to exist. Until the committees are reappointed in the new Parliament following the General Election on 7 May 2015, there are no chairs or members of 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

Nominations received for select committee Chairs

Chairs to be elected for 27 committees

What's on

Monday 8 June 2015

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral questions

Defence, including Topical Questions

Urgent question - Mr Bernard Jenkin

The discovery and detention of 68 clandestine migrants by Border Force at Harwich International Port on the night of Thursday 4 June

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - 2nd reading

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - Programme motion

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - Money resolution

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - Ways and Means resolution

Adjournment - Sir David Amess

Inward investment in Southend

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business
2:30pm - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Richard and Donna Hooper South Bucks District Council Buckinghamshire County Council Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company Trevor and Julie Ellis

7:00pm - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

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

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral questions - Lord Wigley

Recommendations of the Smith Commission in response to the outcome of the general election in Scotland

Oral questions - Lord Haskel

Increasing productivity as compared to the Bank of England May inflation report

Oral questions - Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The impact of the current deficit position of the NHS on its ability for seven-day working

Oral questions - Lord Naseby

Anticipated timescale of the new deal for Greater Manchester

Legislation - Baroness Williams of Trafford

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] - 2nd reading

9:30pm Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

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.