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

Ministers questioned on mental health and well-being of looked-after children

Education Committee questions foster carers, looked after young person and Ministers on children’s mental health

Inquiries A-Z

New Inquiries Date announced
IPSA annual report 2014-15 28.01.2016
Corporate Tax Deals 28.01.2016
ISIL financing 28.01.2016
Future flood prevention 27.01.2016
Valuation Office Agency 27.01.2016

What's on

Wednesday 3 February 2016

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

International Development, including Topical Questions

Prime Minister's Question Time
Ten Minute Rule Motion

Automatic Electoral Registration - Siobhain McDonagh

Opposition Day Debate

(18th allotted day) (i) Tax avoidance and multinational companies (ii) Public finances in Scotland


Child dental health - Sir Paul Beresford

Westminster Hall

Time Business
9:30am - 11:00am
Westminster Hall debate

Fuel poverty - Derek Thomas

11:00am - 11:30am
Westminster Hall debate

Bryan Evans and the Serious Fraud Office - Byron Davies

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Westminster Hall debate

Changes to the level of local government funding - Liz Kendall

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Closure of Bootham Park mental health hospital - Rachael Maskell

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Government investment in cycling - Chris Green

General Committee

Time Business Venue
Welsh Grand Committee

Draft Wales Bill

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
Welsh Grand Committee

Draft Wales Bill

Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

Silklink (Grimstock Country Hotel)
Robert Brown
Bertylib LLP
Heref Distribution Limited
Mr and Mrs Raffety
Rafine Ltd (Trading as Turville Valley Wines)
West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service
The Woodland Trust
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Stop HS2

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Work and Pensions - Oral Evidence Session
Universal Credit in-work progression

Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute
David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst, Resolution Foundation
Emma Stewart MBE, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Timewise Foundation
Dr Anthony Rafferty, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, Alliance Manchester Business School
Julia Waltham, Head of Campaigns and Policy, Working Families

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Northern Ireland Affairs - Oral Evidence Session
Northern Ireland and the EU referendum

Professor Neil Gibson, Director, Economic Policy Centre, University of Ulster
Dr Leslie Budd, Reader, Open University Business School
Dr Graham Gudgin, Research Associate, Centre For Business Research, University of Cambridge
Dr Cathal McCall, Reader in Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Lee McGowan, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Dagmar Schiek, Jean Monet Professor of EU Law, Queen's University Belfast

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Education - Oral Evidence Session
Mental health and well-being of looked after children

Christine Malone, foster carer
Teresa Latham, foster carer
Shankly Monksfield, looked after young person
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, Department of Health
Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, Department for Education

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Environmental Audit - Oral Evidence Session
Flooding: Cooperation across Government

George Monbiot, Columnist, The Guardian
Dr Richard North, Blogger and campaigner
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency
John Curtin, Acting Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Oral Evidence Session
High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

As for morning session, unless already heard

Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Scottish Affairs - Oral Evidence Session
Revising Scotland’s Fiscal Framework

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary, HM Treasury
Ms Lindsey Whyte, Deputy Director, Devolution, HM Treasury

Room 18, Palace of Westminster
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Oral Evidence Session
Air quality

Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs
Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office

Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Culture, Media and Sport - Oral Evidence Session
Establishing World-Class Connectivity Throughout the UK

Avanti Communications Group plc
WiSpire Ltd
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Westminster City Council
Connecting Devon and Somerset

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Treasury - Oral Evidence Session
The economic and financial costs and benefits of UK's EU membership

Andrew Bailey, Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive Officer of the Prudential Regulation Authority
Tracey McDermott, Acting Chief Executive, Financial Conduct Authority

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts - Oral Evidence Session
Contracted out health and disability assessments

Rachael Badger, Head of Policy for Families, Welfare and Work, Citizens Advice
Phil Reynolds, Co-Chair, Disability Benefits Consortium
Tom Pollard, Policy and Campaigns Manager, MIND
Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions
Nicole Kett, Director, Health Service, Department for Work and Pensions
Chris Stroud, Divisional Managing Director, Capita
Leslie Wolfe, General Manager, Maximus UK
David Haley, Client Executive, Personal Independence Payment, Atos

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Effectiveness to date of the RAF’s Brimstone missiles in bombing Syria, and in particular in protecting the civilian population
- Lord Thomas of Gresford

Oral questions

Review into funding for extremist interpretations of Islam within the UK - Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Oral questions

What Her Majesty’s Government have assessed to be the major benefits of the privatisation of Channel 4 - Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Oral questions

Sugar tax proposals in light of World Health Organisation's analysis of the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity - Lord Clinton-Davis


Immigration Bill - Committee stage (day 4) - Committee of the Whole House - Lord Bates


Explanatory Memorandum to the Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and Date of Claim Amendment) Regulations 2015 - motion to regret - Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Lord Freud

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee - Oral Evidence Session
Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

(at 10:15 AM)
Professor Lucia Quaglia, Department of Politics, University of York
Dr. Andrew Lilico, Executive Director and Principal, Europe Economics
Mr. David Marsh, Managing Director, OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum)

Room 4, Palace of Westminster
Constitution Committee - Private Meeting
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee - Private Meeting
Room 3, Palace of Westminster
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee - Oral Evidence Session
Responding to price volatility: creating a more resilient agricultural sector

(at 11:00 AM)
Mr Oliver McEntyre, National Agriculture Strategy Director, Barclays
Mr Allan Wilkinson, Head of Food and Agriculture, HSBC Group
Mr Lindsay Sinclair, Group Chief Executive, NFU Mutual
Dr Harald Jahn, Head of Division, Natural Resources and Agro-Industry, European Investment Bank

Room 2, Palace of Westminster
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee - Private Meeting
Room 2A, Palace of Westminster
Finance Bill Sub-Committee - Oral Evidence Session
Draft Finance Bill 2016

(at 3:35 PM)
Mr John Whiting, Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification
Mr Chris Sanger, Adviser, E&Y
(at 4:35 PM)
Mr Mike Cherry, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses
Mr Andrew Chamberlain, Director of Policy, IPSE

Room 4, Palace of Westminster
Information Committee (Lords) - Private Meeting
Room 2, Palace of Westminster

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