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The Parliament of the United Kingdom (that is, the House of Commons and House of Lords) has a number of Committees – small numbers of members appointed to deal with particular areas or issues; most are made up of members of the Commons.


Current committees


Select committees

The majority of Parliamentary committees are Select Committees. The remit of these committees vary depending on whether they are committees of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.


Select Committees in the Commons are designed to oversee the work of departments and agencies, examine topical issues affecting the country or individual regions, and review and advise on the procedures, workings and rules of the House.

The current Commons Select Committees are listed below.


Departmental Select Committees are designed to oversee and examine the work of individual government departments and any related departmental bodies and agencies.


National select committees are designed to oversee the work of the three devolved administrations and parliaments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They also examine the work of the Northern Ireland Office, the Scotland Office and the Wales Office, as well as issues of importance to the people of the three countries.


Topical select committees examine topical issues of importance to either the country or parliament.


Internal select committees examine issues relating to the day to day running of parliament.


Domestic select committees are responsible for the provision of services to Members and the day-to-day running of the Commons part of the Palace of Westminster.


The House of Commons set up eight regional select committees in November 2008, which were in turn first appointed on 3 March 2009. The committees are formed of 5 Labour members as opposed to the 9 members from various parties as was agreed in the original motion, due to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats refusing to nominate any members as a sign of their opposition to the existence of regional committees.[1]


The House of Lords appoint select committees to examine and explore general issues such as the Constitution or the economy.

  • Administration and Works Select Committee
  • Refreshment Select Committee


Joint Committees are select committees formed to examine a particular issue, whose membership is from both the Commons and the Lords.

General committees

In 2006, Standing Committees were renamed General Committees.


As well as the Select Committees and General Committees, there are also a number of other Parliamentary Committees.

  • Advisory Committee on Works of Art
  • Ecclesiastical Committee
  • Members Estimate Committee
  • Members Estimate Audit Committee
  • Public Accounts Commission
  • Joint Committee on Security (advises on the security of the Parliamentary Estate)
  • Speaker's Committee

Former committees

Occasionally, committees will be discharged by one of the Houses of Parliament, namely the Commons or the Lords. This occurs when existing committees are no longer required or have their responsibilites transferred to a different committee, effectively rendering the original committee void. It is more common, however, for committees to be discharged as a result of the abolition of government departments, for example the abolition of the Department for Education and Skills in June 2007 resulted in the abolition of the Education and Skills Select Committee shortly afterwards.[2]

Select committees



All five domestic committees were abolished in 2005 and replaced by a single committee - the Administration Committee.

  • Accommodation and Works Committee
  • Administration Committee
  • Broadcasting Committee
  • Catering Committee
  • Information Committee


  • House of Lords Select Committee on Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England
  • House of Lords Offices Committee


  • Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform
  • Joint Committee of Tax Simplification


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