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

Bookmakers should do more to support Greyhound welfare, say MPs

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee publishes report on Greyhound welfare

What's on

Thursday 25 February 2016

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

Attorney General; Women and Equalities

Urgent question

Seeking assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund for flood hit communities

Business Statement

Leader of the House

General debate

European Affairs


Adequacy of roads and transport infrastructure around Glossop and the High Peak

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Westminster Hall debate

Litter and fly-tipping in England. Communities and Local Government Committee seventh report session 2014-15 (HC 607 2014-15), and the Government Response, Cm 9097

General Committee

Time Business Venue
Public Bill Committee

Enterprise Bill [Lords]

Room 10, Palace of Westminster
Public Bill Committee

Enterprise Bill [Lords]

Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
Memorandum on financial management in the EU

Nick Joicey, Director General, Strategy, International, Food and Farming, DEFRA
Jacinda Humphry, Finance Director, DCLG
Jonathan Black, Director, Europe, HM Treasury
Phil Wynn Owen, UK Member European Court of Auditors
Dr Manfred Kraff, Deputy Director General and Accounting Officer of the European Commission

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
Oral questions

How many tax treaties with developing countries are currently under negotiation, and what principles underpin the UK approach

Oral questions

Whether the Government will specify steel be British when it is required for a government contract

Oral questions

Specialist skills recruited into the armed forces as a result of the Future Force 2020 programme

Oral questions

Boycotts of goods and services from the Israeli settlements in the West Bank


Trade Union Bill - Committee stage (day 4) - Committee of the Whole House


Assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund for flood hit communities

Short debate

Removing international students from the net migration figures by including them as non-immigrant admissions

Grand Committee

Date Business

No business announced

Select Committee

Time Business Venue
Oral Evidence Session
EU Naval Force – Mediterranean (Operation Sophia)

(at 10:05 AM)
Mr Steven Symonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International
Dr Natalie Roberts, Adviser on Refugees and Migration in Europe, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Private Meeting
Committee Room G
Oral Evidence Session
Response to the Strathclyde Review

(at 2:45 PM)
The Rt Hon. the Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO
Mr David Beamish, Clerk of the Parliaments

Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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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