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

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What's on

Monday 9 November 2015

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Oral questions

Communities and Local Government, including Topical Questions

Urgent question - Keith Vaz

Police funding formula calculation errors

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - Programme motion

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - Report stage

Legislation - David Mundell

Scotland Bill - 3rd reading

Adjournment - Matthew Pennycook

Human rights in Eritrea

Westminster Hall

Date Business

No business announced

General Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business
9:15am Welsh Affairs

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill - Andrew R.T. Davies AM Leanne Wood AM Kirsty Williams AM William Graham AM, Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee, National Assembly for Wales Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales Sir Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales

1:30pm Welsh Affairs

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill - Professor Thomas Glyn Watkin Emyr Lewis, Senior Partner, Blake Morgan LLP Richard Wyn Jones, Director, Wales Governance Centre Professor Roger Scully, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University

3:45pm Welsh Affairs

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill - Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales Hugh Rawlings, Director of Constitutional Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations

5:00pm - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House Transport

Surface transport to airports - Chris Chalk, Aviation Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald Grant Brooker, Senior Executive Partner, Foster and Partners

5:00pm - The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House Communities and Local Government

Housing Bill - Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
2:30pm Introduction(s)

Viscount Hailsham (Lord Hailsham of Kettlethorpe) and Lord Robathan will be introduced

Oral questions - Baroness Parminter

Updating legislation related to dog breeding and boarding

Oral questions - Lord Hoyle

Incursions by Spanish vessels and aircraft into UK waters and airspace

Oral questions - Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Number of refugees in the UK under the vulnerable persons relocation scheme for Syrian nationals

Oral questions - Lord Naseby

Cost of operations and procedures undertaken in hospitals and by GPs

Legislation - Lord Bridges of Headley

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] - Committee stage (day 1) - Committee of the Whole House

Statement - Lord Bates

Police funding

Short debate - Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Earl Howe

Tabling of Parliamentary Questions

10:00pm Estimated rising time

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business
Other EU Internal Market Sub-Committee

Committee Visit

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?

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How do House of Commons Select Committees work?

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