Joint committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom


A joint committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom is a parliamentary committee formed to examine a particular issue, whose membership is from both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Permanent joint select committees

Three permanent joint select committees meet regularly:[1]

Two committees meet as required to scrutinize bills that seek to consolidate existing statutes or to simplify the language of tax laws:[1]

Temporary joint select committees

Temporary Joint Select committees are formed to consider some proposed laws (Bills) or specific topics. As of March 2019, there are three active committees scrutinizing the following draft legislation:[2]

  • Draft Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Draft Parliamentary Buildings Bill
  • Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill

Former committees have scrutinized various draft bills and the following specific topics:[3]

  • Parliamentary Privilege (July 1997 to April 1999)
  • House of Lords Reform (July 2002 to May 2003)
  • Conventions on the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament (May to November 2006)
  • Privacy and Injunctions (July 2011 to March 2012)
  • Banking Standards (July 2012 to July 2013)
  • Parliamentary Privilege (December 2012 to June 2013)
  • Palace of Westminster (July 2015 to September 2016)

Other committees with members from both Houses

There are two statutory committees whose membership is formed from both the Commons and the Lords:

In addition, a joint committee advises on the security of the Parliamentary Estate:

  • Joint Committee on Security

See also

External links

  • Records of the Joint Committees are kept at the Parliamentary Archives


  1. ^ a b "Joint Committees". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  2. ^ "Joint Select Committees". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  3. ^ "Former Joint Select Committees". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2019-03-12.