Parliamentary Committees

A large part of the work of the UK Parliament (comprising the lower House of Commons and the upper House of Lords) takes place in committees made up of Members of Parliament and Lords respectively.

These committees consider policy issues, scrutinise the work and expenditure of the government, and examine proposals for primary and secondary legislation.

Select committees” are formed to conduct inquiries and produce reports on a wide range of matters, including the work of government departments. They usually request written and oral information, evidence and submissions as part of their inquiries. Both the process, including evidence submitted, and the ensuing report are published; many reports require a response from the government.

“Legislative committees” examine and discuss in detail proposals for new and amended laws, and may also request written and oral evidence to aid their deliberations in producing recommendations on changes to proposed and existing laws.