Select Committee Inquiries

Select Committees are composed of either MPs or Members of the House of Lords, and have the power to launch inquiries into any issue or Government actions. Evidence is received by the inquiry and the Committee publish a report of their findings.




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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
8 Dec 2021 Academies Sector Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Follow a series of work on schools funding and financial sustainability and on the end of the PFI contracts that were involved in the development of many Academies the Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Education and  Education and Skills Funding Agency on financial transparency and accountability in the Academies sector.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 17 January 2022.

17 Mar 2020 Accountability hearings View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Education Committee holds regular hearings with the Secretary of State for Education and other key figures directly accountable to Parliament. This forms part of the Committee’s ongoing scrutiny of the Department for Education and its associated public bodies.

21 Sep 2021 Achieving Net Zero: Follow up View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In March 2021 the Committee warned that Government has “no plan” for achieving Net Zero, two years after setting target in law.

With the major international COP 26 climate conference hosted by the UK fast approaching, PAC will question senior officials at DBEIS and HM Treasury on how the UK is now going to map out and lead the way on the path to Net Zero by 2050.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Thursday 21 October 2021.

29 Apr 2020 Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the UK Government’s proposals to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. On 18 March, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, outlined the Government’s new approach to addressing the legacy of the past in a written statement to the House of Commons. The statement also set out that these would include some “significant” changes from the Stormont House Agreement. The inquiry will examine whether the Government’s proposals deliver for victims, survivors and their families.

 

Terms of reference

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving written evidence that addresses:

  • Whether the Government’s proposed approach will meet the needs of victims, survivors and their families;
  • What steps the Government can take to ensure that the proposed new legacy body is independent, balanced and open, and complies with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and ECHR commitments;
  • The differences between the Government’s new proposals and the draft Stormont House Agreement Bill;
  • Whether and how the Government’s proposals will promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland;
  • The potential merits of consolidating the bodies envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement into a single organisation;
  • The equity of the Government’s proposed approach to the re-investigation of cases;
  • What legislative steps the Government can take to address what have been described as vexatious claims against veterans.

4 Mar 2020 Agriculture Bill: Trade Standards View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Government has frequently stated that the UK will not compromise on high standards of food safety and animal welfare in future trade agreements.

As new international agreements are negotiated, the production standards for imported food are to come under Parliamentary scrutiny. The EFRA Select Committee is to take evidence from senior representatives from the agriculture, animal welfare and trade sectors. Areas likely to be considered include consideration of production standards under the WTO and GATT, the extent to which international standards currently compare to the UK's, the efficacy of tariffs, the impact on food security, and the impact of policy changes on both farmers and consumers.  

10 Sep 2021 Airlines and airports: supporting recovery in the UK aviation sector View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will be examining airlines’ and airports’ recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The sessions will also examine the effects of the Government’s policy on international travel, including the system for international travel and travel requirements such as PCR testing. 

This inquiry will consider:

  • Airlines’ and airports’ recovery from the effects of the pandemic
  • The Government’s system for international travel
  • Barriers to the reopening of international travel
  • The cost and necessity of PCR testing

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this inquiry.

27 Jul 2021 Airports in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will be inquiring into airports in Scotland. The focus will be:

  • the impacts of coronavirus and how this has been managed;
  • how the local community is affected by the airport - including through tourism, access to work, and emergency services; and
  • environmental concerns within the footprint of the airport.

The Committee would like to hear from people who are involved with, work in or live near any airport in Scotland. This includes the main commercial airports, airports owned by the Highlands and Islands enterprise, and local authority airports. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

29 Nov 2021 Aligning the UK's economic goals with environmental sustainability View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is to examine how HM Treasury could incorporate environmental sustainability into its leading measures of the UK’s economic success.

12 Oct 2020 All-Party Parliamentary Groups View sample
Committee on Standards (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is undertaking a wide-ranging inquiry into the rules for and regulation of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

29 Apr 2021 An Equal Recovery View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will examine different forms of inequality that have emerged or that may have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, and what HM Treasury can do to mitigate them. The inquiry will focus on disability, gender, race, regional imbalances, and intergenerational inequality, including housing.

27 May 2021 Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

“Animal sentience” is the capability of an animal to perceive or feel things. Animal sentience is enshrined in European law but this was not retained in domestic law before the Transition Period ended on 1 January 2021, following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

On 13 May, the Government’s Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill received its First Reading in the House of Lords. If passed, the Bill will apply to vertebrate animals (except humans) and establish an Animal Sentience Committee (ASC).

This inquiry will consider the proposed ASC, and ask whether it will ensure that animal sentience is properly taken into account in both new and existing Government policy in England. The inquiry will also examine whether there are sufficient safeguards to ensure that the proposed ASC will be independent, and have the necessary expertise and powers to be effective. The inquiry will look at whether the requirement for the Government to respond to a report of the ASC will be sufficient, and how the proposed ASC compares to similar bodies elsewhere. The inquiry will also ask if the Government is correct to limit the scope of the Bill to vertebrate animals.

30 Jun 2021 Animals Abroad Bill View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of its Animal Welfare Action Plan the Government has proposed a new Animals Abroad Bill to tackle animal cruelty, and support conservation efforts, overseas. The Bill will include bans on the trade in hunting trophies that threaten the conservation status of species abroad, and the domestic sale and advertising of experiences overseas, like elephant rides, that are cruel to animals.

This inquiry scrutinises both aspects of the proposed Bill, considering the most effective way to promote animal welfare by removing UK involvement from cruel practices in other countries.

6 Jan 2021 Armed Forces and veterans mental health: follow-up View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is revisiting its inquiry in the last Parliament into the provision of mental health care for the Armed Forces and veterans to see what progress has been made on its recommendations and how the system has responded to the pandemic.

30 Sep 2020 Artificial Intelligence Committee – follow-up View sample
Liaison Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Liaison Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session to follow-up on the recommendations of the Artificial Intelligence Select Committee. The report of the Committee and the government response can be found on the former Committee’s webpage.

9 Nov 2021 Australia FTA: Food and Agriculture View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Government published the text of its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia on 16 December 2021. The followed the publication of the agreement in principle in June 2021. 

The UK-Australia FTA is the first new trade deal negotiated “from scratch”/ that the UK Government will have signed since leaving the EU.  The Government has said that it will “boost the economy by £2.3 billion and add £900 million to household wages in the long-run” and has described it as a “gateway” to the UK joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). 

The EFRA Committee’s inquiry will examine the impact that this agreement will have on farmers, as well as food and drink producers and retailers, whether the deal aligns with the UK’s commitment to high animal welfare and environmental practices, and its implication for future trade deals.  

Link to the call for evidence

The International Trade Committee is holding an inquiry into the entirety of the UK-Australia FTA - find more information about their inquiry here.

22 Oct 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
25 Feb 2020 Bank of England Monetary Policy Reports View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee takes evidence from the Governor of the Bank of England and other members of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee to scrutinise the Bank's quarterly Monetary Policy Reports.

8 Dec 2021 BBC efficiencies and reform View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In 2017, the BBC began a programme designed to deliver efficiencies of £800 million a year by 2021-22. In 2020, it increased this target to £1 billion due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By 2019-20, the BBC had delivered annual efficiencies of £618 million, with almost 80% of these coming from three of its six divisions. It still had to deliver £400 million more efficiencies by 2021-22, mostly from its more customer-facing divisions – Content (£235 million), Nations & Regions (£47 million), and News (£46 million).

The Committee will question the BBC Director General and senior executives on the Corporation’s progress in hitting its savings targets; the impact of its savings upon its content and news coverage; and how well it is preparing to deliver further savings.

If you have any evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 19 January 2022.

12 Jan 2022 BEIS Annual Report & Accounts 2020-21 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
16 Feb 2022

Gareth Davies, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) of the National Audit Office, has qualified his audit opinion on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 2020-21 accounts because of the material levels of fraud and error in COVID-19 business support scheme expenditure.

The Committee will question senior officials at BEIS on

  • the reasons and context for the qualified audit opinion in relation to fraud and error in the COVID-19 business loan scheme guarantees and COVID-19 business support grants; and
  • the Department’s current estimates of the level of fraud and error in these loan and grant schemes, including the levels of uncertainty in these estimates.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 16 February 2022 18:00.

26 May 2020 Beyond tariffs: facilitating future UK-EU trade in manufactured goods inquiry View sample
EU Goods Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

This inquiry will consider the impact that non-tariff barriers may have on future UK-EU trade in manufactured goods and how any adverse effects could be minimised, particularly through the UK-EU trade agreement.

13 Jul 2020 Biodiversity and Ecosystems View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

  1. The Environmental Audit Committee is launching a new inquiry into biodiversity and ecosystems. The inquiry will examine how best to protect and enhance biodiversity whilst considering nature-based solutions to climate change (ctions that protect, manage and restore natural and modified ecosystems to address societal challenges and enhance human wellbeing[1]) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
  2. The inquiry will review the UK Government’s performance on achieving international and domestic targets in preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is now due to be held in autumn 2021 in Kunming, China.
  3. Concerns about a mass extinction crisis began in the 1980s[2], but biodiversity is continuing to decline faster now than at any time in human history.[3] The UK has seen a 13% decline in average species’ abundance and 15% of species within the UK are threatened with extinction.[4] The UK’s Overseas Territories are home to 94% of British endemic species.[5]
  4. Ecosystems are critical in providing food, energy, medicines, sustaining air, water and soil quality and being the sole sinks for anthropogenic carbon emissions. These provisions are vital for human existence and good quality of life, however 14 of the 18 categories of ‘contributions of nature’ assessed in the IPBES Global Assessment Report have declined since 1970.[6]
  5. The main pressures on nature in the UK are climate change, urbanisation, pollution, hydrological change, invasive non-native species and aspects of agricultural and woodland management.[7]
  6. The costs of biodiversity loss are being evaluated within the up-coming Review of the Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgputa Review, commissioned by the HM Treasury.[8] Incorporating the multiple values of ecosystem functions into economic incentives can result in better ecological, economic and social outcomes, if set at a level that conservation of ecosystems can compete with the production of commodities such as cattle, crops and timber.[9] However, nature also has intrinsicvalue and its non-material benefits must be recognised.
  7. 2020 was named “the super year for nature” by the UN Environmental Programme because of the range of conferences covering climate change and biodiversity that were scheduled to take place this year. When these conferences will go ahead is now uncertain given the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 2020 remains a crucial year to link climate strategies with promoting sustainable development and tackling biodiversity loss.
  8. The UK has commitments under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to promote sustainable use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and to halt biodiversity loss (Goal 14 ‘Life below water’ and Goal 15 ‘Life on land’). The UK is also a signatory to the 2010 Aichi Biodiversity Targets which committed the UK to at least halving the rate of loss of natural habitat and preventing the extinction of all known threatened species by 2020.
  9. In addition, the UK has its own domestic targets set out in the 25 Year Environmental Plan. New landmark environmental legislation is set to deliver important conservation mechanisms. The Agriculture bill commits to establishing an Environmental Land Management scheme and the Environment Bill provides for the creation of a new biodiversity net gain requirement for developments. The Environment Bill also commits to creating or restoring 500,000 hectares of wildlife habitat as part of a Nature Recovery Network. This will require active participation from local authorities.

 

[1] IUCN [accessed May 2020] Nature-based solutions

[2] Wilson (1988) Biodiversity. National Academy of Sciences. Washington, DC

[3] IPBES (2019): Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

[4] Hayhow et al., (2019): The State of Nature 2019. The State of Nature partnership.

[5] Churchyard et al., (2014): The UK’s wildlife overseas: a stocktake of nature in our Overseas Territories. RSPB

[6] IPBES (2019): Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

[7]  Hayhow et al., (2019): The State of Nature 2019. The State of Nature partnership. Pg. 10

[8] UK Government (2019): The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

[9]  IPBES (2019): Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

 

26 Nov 2021 Bounce Back Loans Scheme: Follow-up View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In December 2020 the Committee published its first report on the “Bounce Back Loan” Scheme offered to registered - and unregistered - small businesses to help them get through and recover from Government-mandated closures and loss of business revenues during lockdown.

At that time the PAC concluded that billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money was at risk due to fraud in the 100% guaranteed loans, where even the most basic checks and assurances had been dropped in the name of getting the loans out quickly.

The Committee has since reported several times on failures in the Government’s balancing of risk and expedience across many of its Covid support schemes, but the National Audit Office has described the BBLS as “government’s largest and most risky business loan support scheme”. Official calculations and estimates of how much will be lost to fraud and default in the BBLS are ongoing.

In this follow up inquiry, the Committee will question senior officials at BEIS and the Treasury on what government is doing to protect public money in relation to the Scheme; how many loans were made by the time the Scheme closed; how many businesses have begun repaying loans; the counter-fraud activity taking place, and the levels of identified fraud; and the latest Scheme estimates of potential fraud and credit losses.

If you have evidence on any of these issues, please submit it here by Monday 3rd January 2022

25 Mar 2021 Brain tumour and childhood cancer research View sample
Petitions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Five years on from the Petitions Committee’s report on funding for research into brain tumours in 2016, this inquiry will seek to assess progress against the Committee’s recommendations. It will consider changes in the brain tumour research environment since the Committee last took evidence on the topic in 2019, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also follow up on points raised in the December 2020 debate on e-petition 300027, exploring key barriers to progress for childhood brain tumours and other childhood cancers with the worst survival outcomes, such as DIPG.

10 Sep 2020 Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force from 1 January 2021. The Protocol is a solution designed to reconcile the UK’s decision to leave the EU with the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland. It reflects the specific challenges Brexit poses for Northern Ireland, due to its land border with the Republic of Ireland (an EU Member State) and its position as part of both the UK and the island of Ireland.

The Protocol is a significant change for Northern Ireland. On 1 January 2021, the UK will cease to apply EU laws, but under the Protocol some EU laws will continue to apply in Northern Ireland. The Protocol therefore creates new areas of legal divergence between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK. The Protocol also creates entirely new mechanisms, such as the requirement that Northern Ireland must periodically renew its consent to parts of the Protocol. The Protocol will therefore form an important part of Northern Ireland’s legal and constitutional architecture.

The Committee has launched an inquiry on the Northern Ireland Protocol to scrutinise the Protocol’s implementation and to examine its consequences for government, people and businesses.

 

Terms of reference

The Committee would welcome the submission of evidence that addresses:

  • the preparedness of government, public services and businesses for the Protocol taking effect on 1 January 2021;
  • the implications of the Protocol for intra-UK Government and public service co-operation, and for intra-UK trade;
  • the implications of the Protocol for intergovernmental and public service co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and for trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland;
  • the implications of the Protocol for citizens’ rights and access to public services on the island of Ireland;
  • the implications of the Protocol for the Northern Ireland economy and for investment in Northern Ireland;
  • the implications of the Protocol for devolution, including:
    • Northern Ireland’s position in the UK internal market;
    • Northern Ireland’s ability to benefit from the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy; and
    • how the Protocol interacts with the UK’s new system of common policy frameworks;
  • the implications of new legislation on the operation of the Protocol;
  • the interaction between the Protocol and the future relationship between the UK and the EU;
  • how the Protocol can be implemented effectively, including in a scenario where no UK-EU future relationship is agreed;
  • potential mechanisms to facilitate parliamentary scrutiny of the operation of the Protocol, including:
    • scrutiny of any new UK or EU laws that would create divergence between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK after the end of the transition period; and
    • scrutiny of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and its specialised committees.

1 Dec 2020 Brexit: The future operation of the Channel Tunnel Fixed Link View sample
European Scrutiny Committee (Commons Select committee)

The European Scrutiny Committee is considering the Government’s plans for the operation of the Channel Tunnel Fixed Link after the end of the Transition Period (as established by the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement). The EU argues that EU law should continue to apply on the UK side of the Tunnel at the end of the Transition Period and that it should be overseen by the EU Court of Justice. In November 2020, the EU adopted legislation that permitted France to negotiate an agreement with the UK—on the future operation of the Tunnel—subject to the inclusion of these and other related conditions. The Government has repeatedly rejected the EU’s position and has stated in correspondence with the Committee that it favours an agreement that is compatible with “the UK’s status as a sovereign nation”. The Committee’s inquiry will consider the need for an agreement on the future operation of the Channel Tunnel, the EU’s position, the alternative arrangements suggested by the Government, and the potential implications of changes in the governance of the Tunnel for affected stakeholders.

For further information see: European Scrutiny Committee – Twenty-first Report (2019-21) HC 229-xvii, Chapter 5 (16 September 2020); Twenty-third Report (2019-21) HC 229-xix, Chapter 4 (1 October 2020); and Twenty-ninth Report (2019-21) HC 229-xxv, Chapter 2 (19 November 2020)

19 Jan 2022 Building Safety: Remediation and Funding View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
16 Feb 2022

The purpose of this inquiry is to examine the effectiveness and impact of the Government’s planned measures to make developers and industry cover the costs of remediation, to scrutinise whether the Secretary of State’s approach goes far enough to finally fix this crisis, and to examine what the funding arrangement to be agreed with industry should look like.

Due to the fast-moving nature of this policy area, the Committee would welcome early submissions of written evidence. The Committee aims to start taking oral evidence shortly.

17 Nov 2020 Businesses and Brexit preparedness View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

Ahead of an evidence session on business preparedness for Brexit (on Tuesday 8 December), the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has issued a call for evidence submissions.  

 

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
6 Jul 2021 Cancer services View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will ask why cancer outcomes in England continue to lag behind comparable countries internationally and examine evidence relating to the underlying causes of these differences.

 

We will also consider what impact disruption to cancer services during the covid-19 pandemic will have on efforts to catch up, and ask whether the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan will help close the gap with the best performing countries worldwide.

24 Sep 2021 Carbon border adjustment mechanism View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is launching an inquiry into carbon border adjustment mechanisms (CBAM). The inquiry is looking at the role CBAM could play in addressing potential carbon leakage and meeting the UK’s environmental objectives. The inquiry is also considering the wider impacts, risks and opportunities which might arise if the UK Government were to introduce its own, i.e. unilateral, CBAM.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

24 Sep 2021 Carbon border adjustment mechanisms View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is launching an inquiry into carbon border adjustment mechanisms (CBAMs). The inquiry is looking at the role a CBAM could play in addressing potential carbon leakage and meeting the UK’s environmental objectives. The inquiry is also considering the wider impacts, risks and opportunities which might arise if the UK Government were to introduce its own, i.e. unilateral, CBAM.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

16 Sep 2021 Central Bank Digital Currencies View sample
Economic Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

HM Treasury and the Bank of England are exploring the potential of a possible CBDC for the UK. The Committee will take evidence on the main issues confronting HM Treasury and the Bank as they conduct this work. It will also examine how a CBDC might affect the role of the Bank, monetary policy and the financial sector

You can read the Inquiry’s call for evidence here

6 Sep 2021 Challenges in implementing digital change View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Government plans to transform public services are increasingly led by digitally-enabled business change, and it is essential that public bodies deliver high quality digital services in a time when our way of life is increasingly digital.

But a recent NAO report found that in “25 years of government strategies and countless attempts to deliver digital business change successfully, there is a consistent pattern of underperformance. This underperformance is often the result of decision makers fixing on technology solutions before fundamental aspects of projects and programmes are sufficiently thought through.”

The NAO found that “only a small proportion of senior officials in government have first-hand experience of digital business change”, and that “many of the problems that occur in large digital operational change programmes stem from senior decision-makers’ inability to understand the issues and make the decisions required to implement digital change in an effective way”.

The NAO concluded that current pressures on public finances mean there is an urgent need for those designing and delivering digital business change programmes to learn from past mistakes.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service and HMRC on the capacity and capability of senior decision-makers in the public sector to deliver digital business change.

If you have evidence on these questions, please submit it here by 6pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

6 Aug 2020 Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the reasons behind the growth in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. It will look at the role of criminal gangs in facilitating the growth of this form of illegal immigration and the response of UK and French authorities to combat illegal migration and support legal routes to asylum.

12 Jan 2022 Child Maintenance + Child Maintenance Service accounts View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
9 Mar 2022

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS)  - set up in 2012 to replace the previous Child Support Agency - is for separated families who have not been able to reach a private arrangement about how their children’s living costs will be paid.

The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that £934 million of statutory child maintenance was paid between parents using the CMS in 2019-20, at a net cost of £146 million.

Billions of pounds of unpaid child maintenance debt that remained from the previous CSA schemes has been written off, and in June 2021 the House of Commons Library showed that unpaid child support under the replacement CMS now stood at £421.5 million.  

The Committee will question senior officials at DWP on the value for money of the child maintenance system, including:

  • whether the Department effectively managed the wind-down of the previous CSA schemes;
  • whether the CMS is achieving its objectives; and
  • whether the Department manages its resources effectively to deliver a high-quality service through the CMS.

If you have new evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 9 March 2022 18:00.

Please note that the Committee cannot investigate or take up any individual cases or claims – evidence submitted will be considered to inform questioning to the DWP and the inquiry’s conclusions.

29 Jan 2021 Children and young people's mental health View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The inquiry will examine the progress that has been made by Government against their own ambitions to improve children and young people’s mental health provision.

We will also consider whether the system should be reformed toward a more holistic approach that prioritises early intervention and prevention as well as crisis care and explore how to tackle worrying trends in self-harm and suicide.

12 Jan 2021 Children in poverty: Measurement and targets View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Children in poverty: Measurement and targets

This inquiry is looking at children in poverty. This is a complex subject, so the Committee’s work will be in several parts.

For the first part of the inquiry, we are interested in finding out:

- how child poverty can most accurately be measured and defined

- what the impact of child poverty is, and how it should be measured

- how the Department for Work and Pensions should work with other parts of government to reduce the numbers of children living in poverty.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

28 Jul 2021 Children in poverty: No recourse to public funds View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Children in poverty: No recourse to public funds

This inquiry is looking at children in poverty. This is a complex subject, so the Committee’s work will be in several parts.

For the second part of the inquiry, we are looking  at  the experiences of children who have no recourse to public funds.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry

15 Mar 2021 Children's Homes View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will focus on children’s homes.

It will examine a number of areas including educational outcomes and destinations, the quality of support provided by children’s homes, unregulated provision, rates of criminalisation, the sufficiency of children’s home places, and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2 Feb 2021 China’s military ambitions View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Defence Committee is holding a one-off evidence session, to examine China’s military capabilities and how the military fits into to its wider international ambitions, both in the Asia-Pacific and globally. The Committee will explore China’s military activities across the globe as well as consider the implications of party-led initiatives such as One Belt One Road or Made in China 2025 and of Military-Civil fusion for China’s military, China’s defence industrial sector and efforts to modernise and expand its nuclear deterrent.

 

18 Dec 2020 Citizenship and Passport Processes in Northern Ireland View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement gives the people of Northern Ireland the right to identify themselves as British, Irish or both, and the right to hold both British and Irish citizenship. This inquiry examines specific issues that have arisen related to citizenship and passport processes in Northern Ireland.

Read the inquiry launch and terms of reference

13 May 2021 Citizens’ Rights View sample
European Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The European Affairs Committee is holding a short inquiry into Citizens’ Rights issues, covering both UK nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. The inquiry takes place in the context of the forthcoming deadline for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme and equivalent deadlines in certain EU member states, and will focus in particular on the issues faced by vulnerable groups on both sides of the Channel.

25 Feb 2021 Cladding Remediation - Follow-up View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Following the Secretary of State’s announcement on 10 February of additional funding for cladding remediation, the Committee will take evidence from MHCLG, the UK Cladding Action Group, LGA and others. We will look at how this support will be allocated, and the steps that will be taken to ensure that leaseholders and tenants are protected from bearing the costs of historical building safety defects.

20 Jul 2021 Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to quantify the level of pent-up demand for key healthcare services; and to consider whether fundamental changes to the organisation and delivery of NHS services will be required to manage the backlog of cases caused by the pandemic.

MPs will examine levels of funding, capacity, organisation and leadership for addressing the current backlog for non-covid health services, and concerns that these issues are likely to continue in the longer-term. There will be a focus on elective surgery, emergency care, General Practice, mental health, and long-covid.

21 Apr 2021 Climate change, development and COP26 View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee has launched an inquiry examining, ahead of COP26 in November, the progress the Government has made putting climate change at the centre of aid policy.

Developing countries are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change, and less able to respond. For example, many lower-income countries are highly indebted and rely more heavily on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry and tourism. The World Bank has suggested that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are among the region’s most vulnerable to climate change. These concerns were echoed in the predecessor Committee’s report UK aid for combating climate change, which stressed that climate change is the single biggest threat to stability and wellbeing in some of world’s most vulnerable nations.

Terms of reference: Climate change, development and COP26

21 Sep 2020 Code of Conduct View sample
Committee on Standards (Commons Select committee)

The Committee on Standards has announced that it will carry out a comprehensive and far-reaching inquiry into the operation of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament. It will do this in liaison with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards who will carry out an independent review of the Code. The Committee’s inquiry will include a series of public oral evidence sessions, to be held in autumn 2020. This will be the first stage in a multi-stage process of preparing a new text of the Code, and the associated Guide to the Rules, for approval by the House.

29 Nov 2021 Code of Conduct consultation View sample
Committee on Standards (Commons Select committee)

The Committee on Standards is carrying out a comprehensive and far-reaching inquiry into the operation of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament. The Committee published its initial report  (incorporating the Commissioner’s own review of the Code) with proposals for public consultation on 29 November 2021. This consultation is the second stage in a multi-stage process of preparing a new text of the Code, and the associated Guide to the Rules, for approval by the House. The Committee invites written responses to the consultation by 12.00 on 20 January 2022.

 

14 Jan 2022 Commercial insurance and reinsurance regulation View sample
Industry and Regulators Committee (Lords Select committee)

Submit Evidence
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The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee is launching an inquiry into the regulation of the London Market – the UK’s commercial insurance and reinsurance market. The Committee will explore the extent to which regulatory policy is well-designed and proportionately applied and the possibilities for optimising policy following Brexit. The inquiry will consider the roles of the Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority and the appropriateness of regulation – the content of regulations as well as their implementation and application by regulators – relative to the risks posed by the London Market. The Committee will also assess the effects of regulation on customer interests and the market’s global competitiveness.

2 Sep 2021 Committee on COP26 View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

29 Jun 2021 Committee on COP26: climate change and finance View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

3 Mar 2021 Compensation for victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA attacks View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

21 Jan 2021 Comprehensive and Progessive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) View sample
EU International Agreements Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trade agreement between 11 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). The Government has expressed its intention to pursue accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as a key part of its trade negotiations programme.

This inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for the duration of those talks.

21 Jan 2021 Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) View sample
International Agreements Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trade agreement between 11 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). The Government has expressed its intention to pursue accession to CPTPP as a key part of its trade negotiations programme.

This inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK. The Committee will be looking at the impacts of a potential deal on the agriculture and food sectors, regulations and standards, professional services, digital trade, investment, intellectual property, and on UK policy objectives to combat global climate change and promote sustainability. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for the duration of those talks. .

3 Mar 2021 Concussion in sport View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs will examine links between sport and long-term brain injury. The concussion in sport inquiry will consider scientific evidence for links between head trauma and dementia and how risks could be mitigated with two sessions, the first taking place on Tuesday 9 March.

13 May 2020 Constitutional implications of COVID‑19 View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Covid-19 pandemic and the Government’s measures to respond to it have significant constitutional implications, as well as health, social and economic ones. These include:

  • The ability of Parliament to hold the Government to account 
  • Scrutiny of emergency powers
  • The operation of the courts 

The Constitution Committee is considering these issues and exploring questions such as:

  • What can Parliament do to maximise its scrutiny of the emergency regulations and to hold the Government to account effectively during lockdown? How are adjustments to procedures and processes working in the House of Lords?
  • What emergency powers has the Government sought during the pandemic and what powers has it used and how? What lessons are there for future uses of emergency powers, their safeguards and the processes for scrutinising them?
  • How is the court system operating during the pandemic? What has been the impact of virtual proceedings on access to justice, participation in proceedings, transparency and media reporting?

The Committee has so far published calls for written evidence for the courts and the Parliament strands of the inquiry and is taking oral evidence from experts, stakeholders, ministers and others.

10 Jun 2021 COP15: the international biodiversity conference View sample
Environment and Climate Change Committee (Lords Select committee)

COP15 is the fifteenth meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, due to take place in China in October 2021. This inquiry will explore what it needs to achieve and what the Government is doing to support its success.

22 Jul 2021 COP26 and international trade View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

1. 2021 is an important year for the UK’s international policies on climate change and trade. In November, the UK will host the 26th annual summit of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This aims to accelerate progress towards meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement: in particular, limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius) relative to pre-industrial levels. Additionally, the UK holds the G7 Presidency, for which the tackling of climate change and biodiversity loss is a key priority. The UK has also announced its ambition to promote free and fair trade around the world. 

2. The Government has identified opportunities to use international trade and investment to further environmental goals. For instance, the Government is working at the World Trade Organization to promote ‘green trade’, with a view to liberalising environmental goods and services, mitigating carbon emissions, setting standards and supporting a circular economy. At the same time, there is evidence that the future impacts of climate change may affect international trade and investment, for instance, disrupting infrastructure/transport routes and bringing about new patterns of trade and production.5    

3. Against this backdrop, the International Trade Committee (ITC) has decided to consider how international trade and investment features within the COP26 agenda, and how the Government’s trade and investment priorities align with those of COP26.

9 Dec 2021 Coronavirus Act 2020 Two Years On View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Coronavirus Act 2020 was passed at pace at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Act has been subject to renewal at six-monthly intervals since its entry into force.

After two years on the statute books, its provisions are set to expire automatically at the end of March 2022, unless the Government chooses to extend them.

This inquiry will examine the extension process itself and the evidence that the Government should produce to justify such an extension.

12 Mar 2020 Coronavirus: FCO response View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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6 Oct 2020 Coronavirus: lessons learnt View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee are holding a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.

The two Select Committees will jointly conduct evidence sessions examining the impact and effectiveness of action taken by government and the advice it has received. Each Committee will draw on specialist expertise and call witnesses to consider a range of issues including:   

• the deployment of non-pharmaceutical interventions like lockdown and social distancing rules to manage the pandemic;   

• the impact on the social care sector;   

• the impact on BAME communities;   

• testing and contact tracing;   

• modelling and the use of statistics;   

• Government communications and public health messaging;   

• the UK’s prior preparedness for a pandemic; and   

• the development of treatments and vaccines.   

15 Nov 2021 Council Tax Collection View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will lookinto council tax collection in England, examining the practices employed by local authorities to collect council tax arrears.

The inquiry will also look at other issues including whether there should be changes to the legislation on the recovery of council tax arrears, and how local authority council tax support schemes affect council tax collection rates.

30 Jul 2020 Court Capacity View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Commons Justice Committee has published a report on the significant crisis in delays to court cases – and therefore justice - caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report is Coronavirus (Covid-19): The impact on courts.

The Committee has also announced an inquiry into how these delays could be addressed. It will review the practical experience of delays in the courts for lawyers, witnesses, victims and defendants. It will investigate whether the increase of 4,500 court sitting days will be sufficient to clear the backlog of cases and what long term solutions to the delays, including digital hearings, may be possible.

The deadline for written submissions is 7 September. The first oral evidence session is expected to be in late September.

 

10 Mar 2021 Covid-19 and the criminal law View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the way in which the government has created these new offences, how the criminal law has been adapted to deal with the pandemic, and how covid-19 offences have been enforced, applied and reviewed by the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

20 Oct 2021 Covid-19: Cost tracker update (+ Spending Review) View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will question senior Treasury officials on the latest figures for the total cost of the UK national response to the Covid-19 pandemic so far, and how this impacts and interacts with the much-anticipated cross-Government Spending Review, with the Autumn Budget to be delivered on October 27 .

If you have evidence on the accumulating costs of spending on the pandemic response - £370 billion in departmental spending and the value of loans guaranteed by Government or the Bank of England now running at £129 billion - or on the balance of spending decisions outlined in the Review and Budget 2021, please submit it here by Wednesday 10 November.

25 Nov 2021 Critical national infrastructure and climate adaptation View sample
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) is examining critical national infrastructure (CNI) and climate adaptation. The inquiry is considering the resilience of UK CNI to the effects of climate change, which is predicted to result in an increase in extreme weather events such as flooding, droughts, wildfires and heatwaves, as well as rising sea levels.

Read the call for evidence for further details about this inquiry.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
21 Sep 2021 DCMS recall (Broadband) View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In January 2021 the Committee reported that problems with the rollout of superfast broadband across the UK meant that digital inequality risks compounding the economic inequality “harshly” exposed by the pandemic.

In this inquiry the Committee will recall DCMS officials for an update on progress towards the Government’s revised timeline for rolling out broadband and improving digital inclusion for people and business across the country, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas, and progress against the Committee’s report recommendations.

If you have evidence on the national programme to roll out broadband that could inform the Committee’s questioning, please submit it here by Monday 1 November 2021. 

3 Mar 2020 Decarbonisation and Green Finance View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Treasury Committee has re-launched an inquiry into the decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance. This inquiry will scrutinise the role of HM Treasury, regulators and financial services firms in supporting the Government’s climate change commitments. It will also examine the economic potential of decarbonisation for the UK economy in terms of job creation and growth.

Read the terms of reference press notice for the inquiry

2 Oct 2020 Decarbonising heat in homes View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry examining the path to decarbonising heating in homes.

The BEIS Committee will examine the Government’s ‘Buildings and Heat Strategy’, due in November, and investigate the policies, priorities and timelines which are needed to decarbonise heating in residential buildings and help ensure the UK gets on track to deliver Net Zero by 2050.

The Committee’s inquiry on decarbonising heat follows a successful pitch by Dr Jan Rosenow, Principal and European Programme Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), at the Committee’s “MyBEIS” evidence hearing in July and is part of the BEIS Committee’s ongoing work on net zero and its follow-up to the findings of the Climate Assembly.

The decarbonising heat in homes inquiry is likely to examine areas such as the technological challenges to decarbonising heat including issues related to the future of hydrogen, network capacity and the distribution of costs, incentives, consumer engagement and protection, and how to co-ordinate and deliver low-carbon heating.

Witness details for the Committee hearings will be confirmed at a later date.

30 Jul 2021 Defence in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Defence in Scotland: military personnel and estate

The Committee has launched an inquiry series into Defence in Scotland. This begins with an inquiry into the military personnel and military estate landscape in Scotland.

The Committee is exploring the impact the UK’s changing defence priorities and capabilities – including base closures, but also new military infrastructure investments – will have on communities in Scotland. As part of this the Committee is assessing whether the UK Government should offer any additional support to those affected. The Committee is also seeking views on how well Scottish people and places are represented in the UK military, and on the role of military installations in Scotland in supporting the UK’s international alliances.

Read the call for evidence and press release for more detail about the inquiry. 

5 Mar 2020 Defence industrial policy: procurement and prosperity View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry was postponed due to the General Election and is now being revisited by the newly constituted Defence Committee.

In 2015, the Strategic Defence and Security Review introduced a new National Security Objective to “Promote our Prosperity”. The Defence Industrial Policy refresh published in 2017 reaffirmed that “competition and strategic choice remain at the heart of our approach to defence procurement”, whilst committing to taking measures to protect freedom of action and operational advantage on national security grounds. It also laid out a three-pronged refresh to industrial policy, including:

  • Improving the way defence delivers wider economic and international value, and national security objectives;
  • Helping UK industry in its plans to be internationally competitive, innovative and secure; and
  • Making it easier to do business with defence.

Supporting exports is now a core task of the MoD and has been incorporated into the National Shipbuilding Strategy (2017) and the Combat Air Strategy (2018).

Philip Dunne MP was commissioned by the then Defence Secretary to produce a report on “Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity” which was published in 2018. He recommended that the MoD produce clearer, practical guidance on the prosperity factors defence is most likely to consider, the reasons for their importance and the primary metrics which might be used in assessing their value and relevance.

The Commitee will condsider new evidence, which can be submited till the deadline Thursday 23 April 2020. There is no need to resubmit previous written evidence.

17 Mar 2021 Defending Global Britain in a Competitive Age View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

On 16 March 2021, the Government published the first outcome of its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

This inquiry will explore whether this document, “Global Britain in a Competitive Age”, provides clear strategic direction for the UK’s Armed Forces.

It will then assess whether a forthcoming Defence Command Paper delivers the capabilities required to enable them to fulfil the role expected of them.

18 Mar 2020 Delivering audit reform View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

10 Jun 2021 Delivering COP26 across Government View sample
Environment and Climate Change Committee (Lords Select committee)

COP26 is the twenty-sixth UN Climate Change conference. The UK holds the presidency of the event, which is due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021. This inquiry will explore what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all departments are embedding climate change considerations in their processes, developing climate-credible policies, and contributing to a successful COP26 outcome.

13 Jun 2019 Democracy and Digital Technologies View sample
Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee (Lords Select committee)

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22 Sep 2021 Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities recall (Homelessness and housing) View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In March 2021 the Committee reported that the Government’s emergency housing policy to get people sleeping rough off the streets as the Covid pandemic hit had “exposed a rough sleeping problem many times larger than Government has previously acknowledged

The Committee also noted the ongoing lack of progress towards either of the promise to end rough sleeping entirely by 2024, or the Government’s manifesto commitments on house-building.

The Committee will recall senior officials at MHCLG for questions on addressing the housing crisis in the UK and the ongoing cladding scandal. There will also be questions on the wider “Levelling Up” agenda, including follow up on the Towns Fund which the Committee reported on in 2020.

If you have evidence on any of these issues to inform this session with MHCLG, please submit it here by Thursday 28 October 2021.

19 Jul 2021 Digital regulation View sample
Communications and Digital Committee (Lords Select committee)

Regulators must continually adapt to the fast-changing digital world. This inquiry will investigate the effectiveness of digital regulation and how to ensure that it is forward-looking, joined-up, and subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.

15 Dec 2020 Digital trade and data View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

1. The Committee has launched an inquiry into digital trade and data. Digital trade refers to digitally enabled, or digitally delivered, trade in goods and services. Such trade involves the movement of data.  

 

2. The Committee’s inquiry will explore a range of issues, including digital trade and data provisions in Free Trade Agreements, concerns around the security and privacy of data, the environmental impact of digital trade, and the relevant legal frameworks. 

3 Nov 2020 Disability employment gap View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is investigating the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people and how the Department for Work and Pensions can better support disabled people in the labour market.

We'll be looking at trends in the disability employment gap, the economic impact of low employment rates for disabled people and the assistance available to help people in work. We will also cover the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Call for evidence: multiple formats

The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible, especially disabled people. So we’ve produced the call for evidence in text, audio, British Sign Language and EasyRead formats.

Find the Disability employment gap call for evidence in multiple formats here.

 

22 Jul 2019 Discontinuing seasonal changes of time View sample
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee (Lords select committee)

The inquiry will examine the implications for the UK of the European Commission's proposal to end seasonal clock changes in the EU. It will consider what preparations the Government should make for the possibility that the Directive is adopted, and what factors should inform its approach. This will include the implications of non-alignment, especially for Northern Ireland, or how the Government should approach the choice between permanent summer-time or winter-time, if it is required or decides to align with the proposal.

22 Nov 2021 Diversity in STEM View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

There is evidence to suggest that women, certain ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds are underrepresented in education, training and employment related to STEM.

While there is significant variation in rates of progression and outcomes across ethnic minority groups, research shows that ethnic minority staff and students have consistently poorer outcomes than white staff and students. For example, data from 2007–2019 show that, compared to white STEM staff, STEM ethnic minority academic staff are more likely to be employed on a fixed term contract and are less represented in more senior contract levels. There is also variation within ethnic minorities: in 2018/19 19.2 per cent of STEM academic staff aged 34 and under were Asian compared to 1.8 per cent who were Black.

In addition, the recent data from the APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM show that 65% of the STEM workforce are white men and that, proportionally, white women are less likely to be STEM workers than ethnic minority women (10% of white female workers are in STEM, compared to 13% of ethnic minority female workers).

Further, the percentage of academic staff with a known disability is lower for staff working in STEM than non-STEM, and 2020 data analysis from the APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM found that disabled people of all ethnicities are underrepresented in the STEM workforce. The gap in representation between STEM workers and others is larger for disabled women than disabled men. While a majority of non-STEM disabled workers are male (59%), only one-third (33%) of STEM disabled workers are female.

While there is comparatively less data on the socioeconomic background of the STEM workforce a 2014 Royal Society report found that it does have a strong effect on an individual’s likelihood of entering the scientific workforce.

The importance of diversity amongst the research community has been acknowledged by UK Research and Innovation’s Chief Executive, Dame Ottoline Leyser, who said: “high-quality research and innovation needs diversity. You have to have people with different ideas and different backgrounds coming together to create the kind of environment where extraordinary things happen”.

5 Feb 2020 Draft Finance Bill 2019 View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Sub-Committee will focus on the Government's proposal to extend the off-payroll working rules –  which were introduced for the public sector in 2017 – to large and medium-sized organisations in the private sector from April 2020. The proposal would mean that businesses will be responsible for deciding whether contractors they hire are liable to pay income tax and national insurance contributions, and if so, for paying those sums.

The inquiry is accepting written submissions until 25 February 2020. Please read the call for evidence.

11 Sep 2020 Draft Finance Bill 2020 View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

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11 Sep 2020 Draft Finance Bill 2020-21 View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

In scrutinising the draft Bill, the Committee will focus on three areas of the Bill, all related to the powers of HMRC:

  • New proposals for tackling promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes;
  • New tax checks on licence renewal applications; and
  • Amendments to HMRC’s civil information powers.

The inquiry is accepting written submissions until 7 October 2020. Please read the call for evidence

16 Sep 2021 Draft Finance Bill 2021-22 View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The sub-committee will focus on two areas of the draft Bill:

  • proposals for income tax basis period reform  
  • notification by large businesses of uncertain tax treatment. 

The sub-committee is accepting written evidence until 13 October 2021. Please read the call for evidence at https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/585/.

26 Aug 2021 DWP Accounts- Fraud and error in the benefits system View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Fraud and mistakes in benefit payments rose again in 2020-21 to the highest level on record. The need to relax checks to ensure the record number of new Universal Credit claims in the Covid19 crisis could be processed and paid was a major factor in this increase, but the National Audit Office has qualified its opinion on the regularity of DWP’s accounts for 33 years running, due to material fraud and error.

DWP has identified four of the largest causes of fraud and error within Universal Credit that it needs to tackle: incorrectly reported self-employment earnings, savings, living arrangements and housing costs.

It has also identified several organised criminal attacks during the pandemic, with fraudsters targeting Universal Credit in particular and making claims in other people’s names.

The Department is owed £5 billion in benefits overpayments, placing additional strain on its resources and causing uncertainty and hardship to claimants. It is not sure how much of its estimated loss of £8.4 billion in 2020-21 it will recover, as it has attempted to recover only 10% of the estimated loss in the last 5 years.

DWP estimates that 132,000 pensioners have been receiving less State Pension than they are entitled to due to ongoing control failings. The Department has now set aside £1 billion to reimburse people who have been underpaid their State Pension over the past 30 years. The Committee will return to the issue of state pension underpayments in a later inquiry.

The Committee will question senior officials at DWP. If you have new evidence on fraud and error in the benefits system, please submit it here by 6pm on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

21 Oct 2021 DWP Employment Support 2: Kickstart scheme View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In a follow up to its wider inquiry into DWP support for employment during Covid the Committee will question senior DWP officials more closely specifically on the ‘Kickstart scheme’.

The ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced in July 2020 included the £1.9 billion Kickstart scheme for young people. At that point, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was expecting a 10% peak in unemployment in quarter 2 of 2020, and furlough was expected to end in October 2020. The OBR now expects unemployment to peak at 6.5% in the final quarter of 2021, while the furlough scheme in fact ended in September 2021. The Kickstart scheme is due to end in December 2021, with employment prospects still uncertain.

If you have evidence on the operation or effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme and the value for money it represents, please submit it here by Monday 29 November

5 Mar 2020 DWP's response to the coronavirus outbreak View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Work and Pensions Committee wants to hear about how coronavirus is affecting people who need to rely on the benefits system. We’re interested in finding out about the experiences of people who are having to claim benefits for the first time, the experiences of people who were already claiming benefits, and the experiences of people who need support but find they can’t claim any benefits.

If you’re someone with personal experience of the benefits system, you might prefer to complete our short survey. 

Complete our survey

If you’re responding on behalf of an organisation, or you’re an individual who wants to send us a longer written submission, we’d welcome your evidence.

You don’t need to answer all of the questions below, and you can tell us anything relevant, even if it isn’t covered by these questions. The deadline for sending your views is 11am on Thursday 16 April.

Some of the questions the Committee is interested in are:

  • How well is the Universal Credit system working for the unprecedented numbers of new claimants?
  • Has there been any improvement in the significant delays that new UC claimants were experiencing in the second half of March?
  • How quickly are people who ask for Advance payments of Universal Credit receiving their payments?
  • What lessons can be learned from the changes that have been made to the processes for verifying the identity of UC claimants? Are there any particular changes that should stay in place after the outbreak ends?
  • How do the needs of people claiming UC for the first time now differ from the needs of groups who’ve claimed UC in the past? How well is Universal Credit working for these new groups of people?
  • Are there any indications of how well the UC system will work for these claimants as they move into work in the short- to medium-term?
  • How well is the benefits system working for self-employed people who aren’t able to access the Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme? Is there a case for temporarily suspending the capital limits in UC during this period? 
  • How effective have DWP’s communications with the public been during this period? 
  • How easy is it for people to understand what they’re entitled to claim? For example:

- Is it clear enough how the benefits system interacts with other forms of Government support during this period, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

- Is it clear enough how public health guidance interacts with the benefits system?

  • How is the assessment process for Employment Support Allowance working? Have there been any difficulties with obtaining medical evidence to support claims?
  • What impact has the outbreak had on people who were waiting for a Mandatory Reconsideration of a decision, or who were going through the appeals process?
  • Have people who were already claiming benefits when the outbreak began seen any changes to the support they receive from DWP?
  • Are people who are claiming benefits receiving enough money to cover their basic living costs during this period?
  • Are there groups of people who need support but aren’t able to access it through the benefits system? What should DWP be doing to support those people?
  • Are support organisations and charities able to access the resources they need from DWP to support vulnerable people? What more could DWP be doing to facilitate that support?

14 May 2020 DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Work and Pensions Committee is launching an inquiry to look at how prepared DWP and its Jobcentre Plus network is for changes in the world of work brought about by new technology.

The Committee would like to hear about the challenges DWP faces as a result of technological change, the extent to which it is already prepared for these, and what further changes might be needed to best support claimants in the future world of work.

More information on this inquiry can be found here.

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23 Oct 2020 Economic crime View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry to review what progress has been made in combatting economic crime since it completed its inquiry in the previous Parliament.

Like the inquiry in the previous Parliament, this inquiry will have two strands:

• Anti-money laundering systems and the sanctions regime

• How consumers are affected by economic crime

The deadline for submitting evidence is 5pm on Friday 27 November.

It should be noted that the Committee will not take up individual cases, and any suspected criminal activity should be reported to the appropriate authorities.

19 Mar 2020 Economic impact of coronavirus View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Treasury Committee launched the first stage of this inquiry on 18 March when it issued a call for evidence on the speed, effectiveness and reach of the Government’s and Bank of England’s immediate financial responses to coronavirus. The Committee will continue to highlight gaps in support to the Treasury.

The terms of reference for the next stage are set out in the call for evidence. In this stage, the Committee will examine the operational effectiveness, cost and sustainability of the Government’s and Bank of England’s support packages.

The Committee will also examine the impact on the economy and different sectors, the implications for public finances, and how the Government can work towards a sustained recovery.

Read the key points in an interactive summary of our new interim report on gaps in support

The deadline for submitting your written evidence has been extended until 26 June 2020. However please note that given the pace of change, earlier submissions will be of more use to the Committee.

6 Dec 2021 Education challenges facing children and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
25 Jan 2022

The inquiry will focus on the educational experiences of children and young people from a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller background.

It will examine the educational challenges faced by these groups and will also evaluate the effectiveness of the Government’s recent £1 million education programme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.

 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

 

19 Nov 2020 Education: Are prisoners being left behind? View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry is examining how current arrangements support learners in custody and how well prison education delivers the skills needed by employers. The inquiry is considering education for adults, young people and children in custody.  

It will look at what barriers exist, for instance, to delivering apprenticeships in a custodial setting. Also, what educational offers are in place to accommodate various length of sentences and different learning needs.  

The Committee is interested in how school exclusion policy impacts on youth custody and how alternative provision settings support young people who experience challenges in education and learning.   

Where possible the Committee is interested to hear prisoner learners’ and former prisoners’ own perceptions of how the prison education system is working and what might need to change.

1 Sep 2021 Efficiency in Government View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented levels of government spending, and borrowing is at its highest level since World War Two. As at May 2021, government expects to spend £372 billion on measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of measures to manage spending following the COVID-19 pandemic, Government is planning to try to increase its efficiency – trying to achieve the same or better outcomes with fewer resources - with this autumn’s Spending Review providing an opportunity to set a medium-term approach for spending across government.

The Committee will question senior officials at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office on nine issues that Government will need to address, identified by the National Audit Office in a first review of the successes and failures of previous government attempts to increase efficiency in public spending.

If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by 6.00pm on Thursday 9 September 2021.

13 Jun 2019 Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 View sample
Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee (Lords Select committee)

The inquiry is accepting further written submissions until 4pm on 4 March 2020. Please see the call for evidence.

3 Aug 2020 Employment and COVID-19 View sample
Economic Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. It will also examine how the labour market may change as a result of the pandemic in the longer term. The Committee intends to make recommendations to the Government. The deadline for submitting written evidence is 10 September 2020.

3 Nov 2021 Energy National Policy Statements View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee is to carry out an inquiry into the revised energy National Policy Statements (NPS). The current suite of energy National Policy Statements were designated by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2011. The revised energy NPS were tabled by the Government on 20 September 2021 (HCWS295). They set out the Government’s policy for the delivery of energy infrastructure and provide the legal framework for planning decisions in key energy policy areas: fossil fuels (EN-2); renewables (EN-3); gas supply and gas and oil pipelines (EN-4); electricity networks (EN-5); and nuclear (EN-6). They each sit below an overarching energy NPS (EN-1) which sets out the need for new energy infrastructure.

The Government announced a review of the current suite of energy National Policy Statements (NPS) in the Energy White Paper: Powering our net zero future in December 2020.

The Government launched a public consultation on the draft revised energy National Policy Statements, supporting habitats and sustainability reports and associated appendices on 6 September 2021.  This is a separate process to the Select Committee’s inquiry and is closing on 29 November 2021.

Inquiry background

The Government’s Energy White Paper set a long-term strategic vision for the energy system, consistent with net zero emissions by 2050. The White Paper establishes a goal of moving away from fossil fuels to clean energy and the Government reviewed all the National Policy Statements for energy infrastructure and determined that EN-1 to EN-5 documents should be amended to reflect the policies set out in the White Paper and support the investment required to build the infrastructure needed for transition to net zero. A review of EN-6 concluded that it will not be amended and therefore it does not form part of the Government’s consultation or this inquiry.

The NPS has effect for the decisions by the Secretary of State on applications for energy developments that are nationally significant under the Planning Act 2008. For such applications this NPS, combined with any technology specific energy NPS where relevant, provides the primary policy for decisions by the Secretary of State. Under the Planning Act 2008 the Secretary of State must also have regard to any local impact report submitted by a relevant local authority, any relevant matters prescribed in regulations, the Marine Policy Statement (MPS) and any applicable Marine Plan, and any other matters which the Secretary of State thinks are both important and relevant to the planning decision.

The NPS must receive Parliamentary approval before new major energy infrastructure can be delivered. The Secretary of State will decide all applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects in England and Wales, adjacent territorial waters and the offshore Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) (except any part in relation to which Scottish Ministers have functions). In Northern Ireland, planning consent for all nationally significant infrastructure projects is devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive.

8 Dec 2021 Energy pricing and the future of the Energy Market View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

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31 Jan 2022

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee is holding an inquiry on Energy pricing and the future of the Energy Market.

The Committee’s inquiry on the retail energy market follows unprecedented surges in wholesale energy prices since the summer and with a number of firms going out of business, including Bulb, Britain’s seventh-biggest supplier with 1.6 million households as customers.

The inquiry will examine the extent to which the policy and regulatory environment has contributed to the current issues affecting the energy market, the impact on consumers of rising energy prices, and the operation of the energy price cap.

The BEIS Committee’s inquiry follows an evidence session with Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on 22 September,  on Government measures to support the energy industry and protect consumers. The Committee also heard from regulator, Ofgem: trade body, Energy UK, and fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action.

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry. 

4 Dec 2020 Environmental Land Management and the agricultural transition View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is the centrepiece of the Government’s new approach to farm support, as well as being key to delivering its environmental ambitions. Over the next seven years, the new scheme will be piloted and then fully introduced, while EU-style direct payments will be phased out.

Ahead of the national pilot of ELM launching in 2021, this inquiry will ask if the Government’s plans are realistic and whether it has listened to farmers and land managers. It will look at the support farmers will need to manage the transition, and how the new scheme can be made to work for farmers and the environment.

6 Sep 2021 Environmental Land Management Scheme View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The UK was part of the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) framework for financial support to farmers and rural development funding for more than 40 years before Brexit. In 2019-20 farmers in England received over £1.8 billion in direct payment subsidies, based mainly on the amount of land farmed.

In late 2021, Defra is introducing the Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) to replace CAP. It will focus on improving the environment by paying farmers for certain environmental benefits, instead of offering payments based on the amount of land farmed. This means the ELM scheme will interact with government’s achieving wider environmental and climate change objectives.  

This inquiry builds on the Committee’s growing programme of work on public spending and the environment. Over two evidence sessions, the Committee will question representatives of farming and conservation groups, and senior officials at Defra and the Rural Payments Agency on whether the ELM is being well designed and managed to meet its objectives.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

19 May 2021 Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee – follow-up View sample
Liaison Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Liaison Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session to follow-up on the recommendations of the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee. The report of the Committee and the government response can be found on the former Committee’s webpage.

27 Sep 2021 Equality and the UK asylum process View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Equality and the UK asylum process

The Women and Equalities Committee is examining the fairness of the UK asylum process, looking at the experiences of people seeking asylum who have a range of protected characteristics (as defined in the UK’s Equality Act).

The Committee is seeking evidence about the nature and extent of asylum claims from people with diverse characteristics, for example age, race, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, and different groups’ experiences of the asylum process in the UK. It will assess how far the Government is able to address discrimination or specific dangers for those with protected characteristics within the existing system. The inquiry will also consider any early evidence about people’s experiences of the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme.

More information on the inquiry – links to press notice of inquiry launch

26 May 2021 ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) View sample
Justice and Home Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

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20 Oct 2021 EU Exit: UK Border View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In December 2020 the UK and the EU reached agreement on the terms of their future relationship following Brexit. Since the end of the agreement ‘transition period’ on 31 December 2020, there have been changes in how the UK trades with the EU, and in relation to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

  • the EU has begun treating the UK as a third country and has implemented full controls on goods passing between the UK and the EU;
  • the UK plans to introduce full import controls on goods moving from the EU to the UK in phases from October 2021 to March 2022.

In addition, grace periods on the movement of certain goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland are currently planned to expire in October 2021, which will bring about further changes. These arrangements are currently the subject of intense negotiations.

Across two evidence hearings the Committee will question experts in international trade and customs, including live animal transport issues and issues related to supply chains in Northern Ireland; and senior officials at the Cabinet Office, HMRC and Defra.

If you have evidence on Government’s progress in managing the border and implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol since the end of the transition period; the impact of the new border arrangements on businesses and industry sectors; or how government is managing future risks in these areas particularly in relation to introducing full import controls, please submit it here by Monday 15 November.

7 Dec 2021 Exempt Accommodation View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
28 Jan 2022

This inquiry aims to establish a clearer picture of the amount and quality of provision of exempt accommodation. This includes understanding the strengths and weaknesses of current provision and looking for recommendations on the changes that might be needed to improve exempt accommodation.

26 Nov 2021 Extreme poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
18 Feb 2022

The International Development Committee, which scrutinises the development work of the UK government, is starting an inquiry into Extreme Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals. The inquiry will look specifically at how the development work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) impacts on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 1, Target 1.1. This goal calls for the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030, where ‘extreme poverty’ is defined as earning less than $1.90 per day.

The new inquiry will aim to understand what the change in the rate at which extreme poverty is declining means for the FCDO’s development strategy and its current policies and programmes; examine the extent to which the FCDO’s strategies, policies and programmes target extreme poverty and make recommendations on how they might need to be changed; follow up on the work previously done by the Committee, and its predecessor in the previous parliamentary session, on the pandemic and its secondary impacts; and connect to the work the Committee is doing to ensure that the UK government’s foreign aid spending is effective and achieves good value for money.

Terms of reference: Extreme poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals

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8 Sep 2020 F-35 and Carrier Strike update View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is holding an evidence session with expert commentators on the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces’ progress on the F-35 and Carrier Strike programmes. 

24 Nov 2021 Farming rules for water View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session to discuss the Farming Rules for Water Regulation on 11 January. 

The Farming Rules for Water aim to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture and are set out in these regulations. The Environment Agency’s guidance for farmers on what they need to do to comply with the regulation can be found here.  

We’ve previous written to the Environmental Agency about these regulations following concern from the sector about the impact the rules are having on their ability to spread of organic manure in the autumn, to meet the need of the spring crop. You can read out letter here and their response here.  

19 Feb 2021 Financial Exclusion - follow-up View sample
Liaison Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Liaison Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session to follow-up on the recommendations of the Finacial Exclusion Select Committee. The report of the Committee and the government response can be found on the former Committee’s webpage.

21 Oct 2021 Financial Sustainability of Schools in England View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In a 2016 investigation the NAO found that on the basis of the Department for Education’s planned funding at that time, schools would need to find significant savings to counteract cost pressures caused mainly by rising pupil numbers and increases in staff costs.

Since then Government has increased funding for schools and provided additional support to help schools improve their financial sustainability, but in October the PAC reported that the new national schools funding formula put in place by DfE has seen a real terms shift in funding from already more deprived areas and schools to less deprived ones.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency on whether DfE is distributing funding and supporting schools in a way that improves financial sustainability, including whether it:

  • has increased school funding in real terms and in a way that takes account of cost pressures;
  • is distributing funding for schools in line with its objectives; and
  • is supporting schools effectively to improve their financial positions.

If you have evidence on any of these questions, please submit it here by Wednesday 1 December.

12 Jan 2022 Financial sustainability of the higher education sector in England View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

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14 Mar 2022

Higher education providers can have a fundamental influence on the future lives of graduates, with consequences for the national economy. Providers are independent bodies, and the sector’s financial sustainability is heavily dependent on student fee income, top-up grant funding, and government research funding. Providers face a range of financial pressures, including challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office for Students, an arm’s-length body sponsored by the Department for Education, began operating in January 2018 and seeks to protect students’ interests. The Committee will question senior officials at  DfE and OfS on how effectively they are protecting students’ and taxpayers’ interests from risks to higher education providers’ financial sustainability, including:

  • whether DFE has set a clear purpose and scope for the oversight regime;
  • whether the DfE and OfS are effectively managing known, systemic, risks;
  • and whether DfE and OfS have responded appropriately to new financial risks, for example arising from COVID and EU exit.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 14 March 2022 18:00.

9 Jun 2020 Fisheries Negotiations View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

26 Nov 2020 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act View sample
Joint Committee on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (Joint Select committee)

The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act has been established by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to:

1) carry out a review of the operation of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, pursuant to section 7 of that Act, and if appropriate in consequence of its findings, make recommendations for the repeal or amendment of that Act; and

(2) consider, as part of its work under subparagraph (a), and report on any draft Government Bill on the repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 presented to both Houses in this session.

A draft Bill is expected to be published shortly.

The Committee will take evidence on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act already given to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee into account in its work.

The Committee invites written evidence on either the operation of the Act or the draft Bill.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

25 Jul 2019 Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The inquiry will consider the operation and implications of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. It will explore how the Act has worked in practice, how the 14-day period following a successful no confidence motion would work in practice, the Act's effect on the concept of the House of Commons having 'confidence' in the Government, and what the consequences of repealing or amending the Act might be. Following recent developments, the inquiry has been expanded to consider the potential constitutional implications of the recent court judgment on the proroguing of Parliament.

6 Oct 2020 Fixing fashion: follow up View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee will follow-up work on its 2018 inquiry, Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability. The Committee has chosen to revisit the issue to monitor progress due to continued concerns around the environmental impact of the fashion industry and working conditions in UK garment factories.

The Government rejected most of the Committee’s recommendations in 2019, which ranged from a producer responsibility charge to pay for better clothing collection and recycling to requiring due diligence checks across fashion supply chains to root out forced or child labour. However, the Government has identified textile waste as a priority area to address its Resources and Waste Strategy.

Fashion production has a considerable impact on climate and biodiversity. The global fashion industry is estimated to have produced around 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2018; the equivalent to the combined emissions of France, Germany and the UK.

Fast fashion also creates a waste problem in the UK and developing countries. UK citizens buy more new clothes than any other European country and throw away over a million tonnes of clothing every year. While two thirds of clothing is either donated or collected for resale or low quality recycling, around 336,000 tonnes is disposed of in household bins destined for landfill or incineration.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on garment factories in Leicester. Reports of poor working conditions suggests there has been little improvement since the Committee’s report, which recommended regular audits and for companies to engage with unions for their workers.

The Committee’s follow-up work will consist of gathering written evidence and a one-off oral evidence session.

 

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following:

  1. What progress has been made in reducing the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry since the Fixing Fashion report came out?
  2. What impact has the pandemic had on fashion waste?
  3. What impact has the pandemic had on the relationship between fashion retailers and suppliers?
  4. How could employment law and payment of the minimum wage be more effectively enforced within the UK fashion industry?
  5. What are the pros and cons of proposals to license factories or more strongly regulate purchasing practices?
  6. What would be the most effective measures industry or Government could put in place to ensure that materials or products made with forced or prison camp labour are removed from the supply chain?
  7. How can any stimulus after the Coronavirus crisis be used to promote a more sustainable fashion industry?
  8. Is the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan adequate to address the environmental impact of the UK fashion industry? How ambitious should its targets be in its next phase?
  9. What actions could Government take to improve the collection of fashion waste?
  10. What actions could the Government take to incentivise the use of recycled or reused fibres and materials in the UK fashion industry?
  11. How could an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for textiles be designed to incentive improvements in the sustainability of garments on sale in the UK?

4 Mar 2020 Flooding View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Summary and objective 

Recent events have brought the challenges of managing flood risk back to national attention, and climate change means these events are likely to become more frequent. Building on the previous Committee’s interim report on coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change, this inquiry would focus on the Government’s approach to managing the risk of inland flooding in England.  

The inquiry will also take into account evidence received and questions raised during the coastal flooding inquiry.

If you are attempting to submit evidence once the submission period has closed, please contact efracom@parliament.uk

13 Jun 2019 Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment View sample
Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee (Lords Select committee)

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21 Sep 2021 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s Annual Report and Accounts View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee is taking evidence on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) annual report and accounts for the financial year 2020 to 2021.

One area of questioning may be around figures that show a reduction in direct UK aid to the poorest countries. The Committee may also ask about reports that the government intends to ‘rebadge’ as development aid some elements of government spending usually counted under other budgets. If this is the case it could reduce the annual UK budget available for items more typically classed as aid by billions of pounds. There are reports that Covid-19 vaccine donations and cancelling Sudan’s debts to UK Export Finance (a body under the Department for International Trade) could be counted as aid.

The Committee may also ask questions about staffing issues at the FCDO. This will relate to the financial year 2020-21 and include information about any changes brought about by the merging of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

2 Dec 2021 Fraud and the Justice System View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This short inquiry seeks to examine the ability of the Justice System to effectively prosecute fraud cases. The Committee is particularly interested in how the system is set up to tackle lower-level frauds, that are often not serious enough to be considered by the Serious Fraud Office but have a significant impact on the public. We also seek to understand the plans that the Government and bodies working in the Justice System have to tackle rising instances of fraud.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

6 Nov 2020 Freedom of Expression View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The inquiry will focus on freedom of expression as an essential foundation of democratic society, guaranteed by the common law and by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

29 Oct 2020 Freedom of expression online View sample
Communications and Digital Committee (Lords Select committee)

Debates and exchanges of information and content increasingly take place online. The internet has enabled individuals to publish and share their views with large audiences in a way that was not previously possible. This inquiry will investigate how public policy can best protect the right to freedom of expression on the internet and how that right should be balanced with other priorities.

13 Dec 2021 Fuelling the future: motive power and connectivity View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is examining how Government fuel policy will affect connectivity, capacity and sustainability across all transport modes, including motor vehicles, maritime, rail and aviation, up to 2050.

We are particularly interested in receiving written evidence that addresses:

  1. The effect of Government fuel policy on future road, rail, air and maritime connectivity;
  2. Whether and how the Government is ‘technology neutral’ in its regulation and assessment of alternative fuels, and how its policies on alternative fuels influence investment, research, development and production;
  3. The infrastructure required to develop, produce, store and dispense alternative fuels;
  4. Steps that the Government could take to maximise the utility of the UK’s existing transport stock, while meeting its climate-change commitments; and
  5. The contribution that alternative fuels could make to sustainability, transport decarbonisation and connectivity.

26 May 2020 Further to consider the Bill View sample
Domestic Abuse Bill (Commons General committee)

No description available

26 May 2020 Further to consider the Bill View sample
Finance Bill (Commons General committee)

No description available

19 Mar 2021 Future Governance of the UK View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The United Kingdom as currently constituted marks its centenary in 2021. It is also under strain. Both Brexit and the differences in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic between the UK Government, the devolved administrations and English local government have highlighted long-standing tensions in inter-governmental relations.

The Constitution Committee is exploring how power can best be shared within the UK to establish stable and effective governance arrangements throughout the UK for the 21st century. The inquiry will consider issues such as:

  • The current balance of powers within the UK
  • The current challenges for multi-level governance in the UK
  • The current approach to devolution within England
  • The common purpose of the UK

12 Jan 2022 Future of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
31 Jan 2022

The UK’s nuclear power is generated primarily by seven advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) stations, owned by EDF Energy.

The AGRs are scheduled to stop generating electricity during this decade, at which point fuel will be removed and transferred to Sellafield for safe storage. The AGRs will then be transferred to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The cost of defueling and decommissioning AGRs will be met from the Nuclear Liabilities Fund, and the government will guarantee any funding shortfall. In June 2021, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced revised commercial and delivery arrangements for the defueling and decommissioning process.

The Committee will question senior officials at BEIS and the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency on:

  • the estimated cost of decommissioning AGRs and the funding available to do so;
  • the revised agreements covering the defueling and decommissioning of AGRs; and
  • progress with planning for defueling and decommissioning the stations, and risks to value for money.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by Monday 31 January 2022 18:00.

19 Jan 2021 Future of UK aid View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee is conducting ongoing scrutiny work into the changes to the aid budget. Work in this area includes scrutiny of the cut from spending 0.7% to 0.5% of UK GNI on ODA, the merger of the FCO and DFID and the conclusions of the Integrated Review.

11 Jan 2021 Future UK-EU relations: energy, environment and health View sample
EU Environment Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The EU Environment Sub-Committee is holding a short inquiry on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement as it relates to its remit: energy, environment, health, food trade, agriculture, fishing, climate change and chemicals. The inquiry will focus on the provisions in the Agreement, any challenges that arise, and where UK-EU relations should go from here.

22 Jan 2021 Future UK-EU Relations: governance View sample
European Union Committee (Lords Select committee)

The European Union Committee is holding a short inquiry into the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  The inquiry will look at the governance arrangements contained in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement with a focus on the provisions on dispute resolution and arbitration.

14 Jan 2021 Future UK-EU relations: trade in services View sample
EU Services Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the future of UK-EU relations on trade in services, including the impact of the provisions set out in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The service sectors of interest to the Committee’s inquiry include, but are not limited to: financial services; professional and business services (such as legal services, accountancy, auditing, architecture, engineering, advertising, market research, recruitment services); research and education; the creative industries (including audio-visual services); and data and digital services.

13 Jan 2021 Future UK⁠–EU relations: trade in goods View sample
EU Goods Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The House of Lords EU Goods Sub-Committee is launching an inquiry into future UK–EU relations and the implications of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on trade in goods. The Committee’s inquiry will examine the agreement with a focus on non-tariff barriers (rules of origin and technical barriers to trade), customs arrangements, and aviation and road transport.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
23 Feb 2021 Gender Sensitive Parliament View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Women MPs in the House of Commons, like their counterparts globally, continue to face barriers to gender equality. Today the Women and Equalities Committee is launching a new inquiry to assess recent progress and make recommendations to create a more ‘gender-sensitive’ Parliament.

Following The Good Parliament report in 2016 by Professor Sarah Childs, a gender-sensitive audit was carried out on the UK Parliament in 2018 finding that barriers included:

• The culture of Parliament as highlighted in recent reports of bullying and harassment, and sexual harassment;

• The challenges that working in Parliament poses for family life, including the unpredictability of business and potential long hours;

• The financial impact of standing for Parliament; and

• Online threats and threats to physical security, in particular gender-based intimidation, harassment and violence against female Parliamentarians and female candidates.A series of actions includes a new Proxy Voting scheme for those on parental leave (and for COVID-related reasons) and an Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme containing a Behaviour Code for the whole Parliamentary Community.

This work is in line with action internationally where the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has published Guidelines for the elimination of sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliament and the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians has published the Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a checklist for Parliamentary Change.

Committee Chair Caroline Nokes MP said:

“While there has been progress and important changes in recent years, Parliament still remains too much of a “boys’ club”, and this can be experienced negatively by men as well as women. We are launching this inquiry during Women’s History Month to look at how the House of Commons has progressed in implementing changes set out in previous reports, and how far there is still to go in making it more gender sensitive. If we want to see equal representation, we need to create a Parliament where equal treatment and modern working conditions can be taken for granted by future generations of women and men, whatever their background.”

16 Oct 2020 Global health security View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will scrutinise the FCDO’s role in delivering the Prime Minister’s vision of a “new global approach to health security”. It will build on the Committee’s previous report ‘Viral Immunity—The FCO’s role in building a coalition against COVID-19’ and our work on multilateral organisations including the WHO. 

 

1 Sep 2021 Government policy on Afghanistan View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

International forces withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, 20 years after the US-led invasion. The Taliban quickly gained control of the country, taking Kabul on 15 August and triggering an immense effort to evacuate UK nationals and others eligible for protection. This inquiry will examine the FCDO’s role in the withdrawal, including how effectively it planned and coordinated with other powers. It will also look ahead to the objectives of the UK’s future relationship with Afghanistan, including the security, counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian impact of the Taliban’s takeover, and the implications for wider UK foreign policy.

 

26 Nov 2021 Government preparedness for the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons for government on risk View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In July 2020 the PAC made its first report on the UK Government’s broad, initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying there had been an “astonishing” failure to plan appropriately especially in relation to the national economy, where it was revealed in evidence to the Committee that there had really been “no specific plan” at all.

The Committee has since reported on Government failures in balancing risk across many aspects of its response to the pandemic, and lack of planning and preparedness despite an influenza pandemic having been identified as the UK’s top non-malicious risk on government’s National Risk Register since 2008.

This follow up inquiry is based on the NAO’s recent findings that Government was not fully prepared for the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society, the economy and essential public services, and did not act upon some warnings from the simulations carried out prior to COVID-19, which highlighted issues around planning, coordination and capability that apply to pandemics more broadly.

For example, Government lacked detailed plans on shielding, employment support schemes and managing the disruption to schooling. Departments’ pandemic plans and business continuity plans set out some, but not all, of the responses required to maintain operations during the pandemic.

Preparations for EU exit enhanced the crisis capabilities and risk planning of some departments but meant that government paused work on other emergency preparations, limiting its ability to focus on other risk and contingency planning at the same time.

The Committee will question senior officials at DHSC and the Cabinet Office. If you have evidence on the issues raised in this inquiry, please submit it here by Wednesday 5th January 2022.

 

 

6 Sep 2021 Green homes grant voucher programme View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In July 2020, the government allocated £3 billion to reduce carbon emissions from current heating systems in 600,000 homes and public buildings. This included £1.5 billion to help property owners cover the cost of installing energy efficient measures, such as insulation or renewable heat systems.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (the Department) contracted with a digital services company to develop an IT platform so people could apply for Green Homes Grant vouchers.

In Spring 2021 it was reported that only a small proportion of the vouchers had been allocated.

The Committee will question senior officials at BEIS on the Green Home Grant’s design and objectives; the procurement of the contract for the Green Home Grant IT platform; and how the Green Home Grant has been managed and what has been achieved to date.

If you have evidence on these questions, please submit it here by 6pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.

 

17 Nov 2020 Green Jobs View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is launching an inquiry into Green Jobs. The inquiry will look at how green jobs can help tackle the expected rise in unemployment due to COVID-19 in a sustainable way. It will also look at the jobs, skills and training needed to achieve the UK’s longer-term climate and environmental ambitions and what planning and work is taking place to meet these requirements.

13 May 2020 Greening the post-Covid recovery View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

Greening the post-Covid recovery

In May the Committee held a session on the environmental implications of the Covid-19 crisis. Witnesses stressed how critical it would be to align the post-crisis recovery stimulus with the UK’s goals on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development – given the short window of opportunity remaining to keep global temperature rises to a manageable level. The Committee has since agreed to launch an inquiry looking at how to align any post-pandemic economic stimulus package with the UK’s climate and environment goals.

Economic impact and policy response

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global macroeconomic shock unprecedented in peacetime. UK Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 10.4% in the three months from February to April – with monthly output collapsing by 20.4% in April after the lockdown was introduced. As the UK emerges from the initial public health crisis, the economic challenges may intensify as the Government tapers its employee and business support packages.

In Oct 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that time is running out to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5°C. In this context, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010-2016, explained to the Committee how critical it is that climate change mitigation is at the heart of the post-COVID recovery:

"Those rescue packages, US$10 trillion to US$20 trillion, will not only be defined but very likely allotted over the next 18 months. Because of the scale, they will determine the characteristics of national economies and of the global economy for several decades. It is exactly this decade, between 2020 and 2030, where climate science has been lucidly clear that we need to halve our emissions, reduce to 50% the emissions that we have right now."

The Committee also heard from Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Oxford Martin School, about the potential for green investment to boost the economy, providing more jobs; delivering higher short-term returns per pound spent by Government, and leading to increased long-term cost savings.

Global leadership

In 2021 the UK will be hosting COP26 and will also hold the G7 Presidency. This provides a platform for the UK to take an international leadership role and galvanise a green and climate-friendly global response to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

The Committee’s inquiry will consider how the post-pandemic recovery can be aligned with the UK’s climate and environment goals and the role that the UK can play in driving a green recovery internationally. Please submit evidence by 14th August, by clicking on the button below.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
9 Jul 2021 Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry is looking at how the Health and Safety Executive manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings.

We’ll be asking about the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the groups of people who are most affected, and how well the current laws and regulations for the management of asbestos are working.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

27 Sep 2021 Health assessments for benefits View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Health assessments for benefits

The Committee is investigating the assessment processes for health-related benefits. These include PIP, ESA, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. The Committee is focusing on how the Department for Work and Pensions can improve the application and assessment processes for these benefits.

We’re focusing on:

  • How DWP could improve the quality of its assessments;
  • Lessons from the pandemic, including whether changes DWP made to the assessment processes then should continue;
  • How DWP could make applying for benefits more straightforward for claimants

Health assessments for benefits call for evidence in multiple formats

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry

We can’t help you with individual problems that you’re having with your benefits. The following organisations may be able to give you support or advice:

Citizens Advice - For independent, free advice provided by a network of charities online, over the phone and in person on a wide variety of issues including benefits, work, debt, housing, family and immigration.

You can contact an adviser through Citizens Advice’s national phone service:

Adviceline (England): 0800 144 8848Advicelink (Wales): 0800 702 2020 

Adviceline is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

StepChange – For independent, free debt advice.

Call 0800 138 1111, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm.

We know that our inquiry raises issues that might be difficult or upsetting for you. You can contact the 24-hour Samaritans helpline on 116 123 if you feel low or anxious and need someone to talk to, or email them on jo@samaritans.org

21 Oct 2021 HMRC Annual Accounts 2020-21 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will hold its annual evidence hearing with senior HMRC officials on the overall position of UK tax revenues and how HMRC manages the taxation ‘tools’ at its disposal to achieve policy ends; the ‘tax gap’ of taxes owed which are not collected through error, avoidance or evasion; the administration of Covid support schemes through HMRC in this year of unprecedented public spending and potential losses to error and fraud in those schemes; and the longstanding issue of debt owed to HMRC and how it is being recovered.

If you have evidence on any of these issues in relation to HMRC’s revenues and expenditure in 2020-21, please submit it here by Wednesday 24 November 18:00.

21 Oct 2021 HMRC Performance in 2020-21 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will hold its annual evidence hearing with senior HMRC officials on the overall position of UK tax revenues and how HMRC manages the taxation ‘tools’ at its disposal to achieve policy ends; the ‘tax gap’ of taxes owed which are not collected through error, avoidance or evasion; the administration of Covid support schemes through HMRC in this year of unprecedented public spending and potential losses to error and fraud in those schemes; and the longstanding issue of debt owed to HMRC and how it is being recovered.

If you have evidence on any of these issues in relation to HMRC’s revenues and expenditure in 2020-21, please submit it here by Wednesday 24 November.

26 Nov 2021 HMRC’s management of tax debt View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

A recent report by the NAO found that tax debt is now more than double pre-pandemic levels, and current staffing at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are unlikely to be enough to manage the increased tax debt workload as the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with HMRC needing to pursue tax debt while allowing taxpayers time to recover their finances.

Total tax debt rose to £42 billion in September 2021, from £16 billion in January 2020. Total tax debt peaked at £67 billion in August 2020. More debt has been repaid as extensions for VAT and Self Assessment passed, and the economy has reopened. HMRC forecasts total tax debt will fall to £33 billion by March 2022, but this assumes the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed repayment behaviour.

Research indicates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on taxpayers is polarised, with some groups shoring up their bank balances, and others more badly affected.

Up to 2.4 million more taxpayers are in debt to HMRC following the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who were already in debt owe more. The average amount taxpayers owe has increased by 60%, from around £4,300 to £6,800. Older debts, which are often more difficult to collect, have increased in value from £2.5 billion in 2019-20 to £4.4 billion in 2020-21.

Pre-pandemic, HMRC achieved workforce efficiencies, but it did not close the gap between new tax debts and debts collected., and is now unlikely to have enough staff to manage the increased tax debt that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. HMRC intends to recruit 1,000 full time staff in 2021-22, however, it told the NAO that once staff turnover is factored in, this resource will only address current staffing shortfalls. HMRC forecasts that it will have twice the usual level of debt to manage at the end of March 2022. New debtors may require more support in the short term to agree payment plans.

The Committee will question senior officials at HMRC. If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by Monday 10 January 2022.

11 Jan 2022 Human Rights Act Reform View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The Government has launched a three-month consultation to reform the Human Rights Act 1998.

The consultation seeks views on the Government’s proposals to revise the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights.

It follows a report from the Independent Human Rights Act Review Panel which examined how the Human Rights Act is working after 21 years in operation.

This Report contains the Committee’s views on the topics which were the focus of that Independent Review.

The Committee will respond to the Government proposals which form the basis of its consultation.

18 Jan 2021 Human Rights Act Review View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

No description available

2 Apr 2020 Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

Oral evidence ongoing

 

The International Development Committee has launched an inquiry, Humanitarian crises monitoring, which will start by considering the impact of coronavirus on developing countries around the world and the UK’s response. Countries with on-going humanitarian crises, or other dependencies on development aid, face significantly different challenges than higher income countries in tackling coronavirus. Where local agencies and infrastructure, including healthcare, is limited, and the provision of aid supplies and personnel is restricted, mounting an effective response to the pandemic will be extremely challenging.

Terms of reference: Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus 

6 Jan 2022 Hydrogen and carbon capture in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
1 Mar 2022

The Committee will be inquiring into hydrogen and carbon capture in Scotland as a follow up to our renewable energy in Scotland inquiry. We want to hear about Scotland's role in hydrogen production and including opportunities for carbon capture utilisation and storage. The focus will be:

  • The UK Government's Hydrogen strategy;
  • Investment in hydrogen in Scotland;
  • How Scotland can become a world leader in green hydrogen for domestic use and export;
  • A just transition from oil and gas; and
  • Any training required for a hydrogen ready workforce.

We want to hear from people and organisations who focus on hydrogen production in Scotland or those with the potential to work on hydrogen production.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
30 Nov 2020 ICAI's review of support for the African Development Bank View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) held an evidence session on UK support to the African Development Bank.

The session will hear from Minister James Duddridge and others including a representative of the Bank and ICAI's Chief Commissioner Dr Tamsyn Barton. The Committee explored the thinking behind ICAI’s review of the effectiveness of UK support, and questioning the Minister and officials on their response to the review and future policy in relation to the Bank.

 

9 Feb 2021 ICAI's review on Assessing DFID’s results in nutrition View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will be holding an evidence session on ICAI’s review on the way the former DFID managed its nutrition programmes.

The Sub-Committee will be exploring: how stakeholders have reacted to the ICAI’s review and DFID’s performance in nutrition; consider in more detail the thinking behind ICAI’s assessment of DFID’s efforts on nutrition; and to probe the Minister and officials on their response to the ICAI review and future policy in relation to nutrition.

17 Sep 2021 ICAI's review on International Climate Finance: UK aid for halting deforestation and preventing irreversible biodiversity loss View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

In July 2021, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) published its review “International Climate Finance: UK aid for halting deforestation and preventing irreversible biodiversity loss.” The purpose of this session is to examine ICAI’s review, recommendations, and the Government Response and to question the government on its response to ICAI, its policies and priorities moving forwards for biodiversity and deforestation efforts.

18 Mar 2021 ICAI's review on The UK’s approach to tackling modern slavery through the aid programme View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee's Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) is to hold an evidence session on ICAI's review of the UK aid programme's approach to tackling Modern Slavery.

The Sub-Committee will explore the issue with the ICAI commissioner concerned with the review and will also learn of the experience of victims of modern slavery from those with knowledge of the situation, including a survivor. Members will also probe the effectiveness of the Government’s strategy for tackling modern slavery with key academic experts.

12 Nov 2020 ICAI’s information note on Mapping the UK’s approach to tackling corruption and illicit financial flows View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will be holding an evidence session on tackling corruption and illicit financial flows.

The session will consider the UK’s approach to tackling corruption and illicit financial flows following the publication of ICAI’s information note on the topic in March 2020. The Sub-Committee will be examining how corruption hinders development and progress on tackling it since the main International Development Committee’s report on Tackling Corruption Overseas was published (2016).

14 Sep 2021 ICAI’s information note on UK’s aid engagement with China View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will hold an evidence session on ICAI’s information note on UK aid engagement with China.

The Sub-Committee will explore how the UK and China can cooperate on development, including on issues such as climate change; why the UK spends aid in China; what past UK aid spend in China has achieved; and the changing aid relationship between the two countries.

18 Jun 2021 ICAI’s review on tackling fraud in UK aid View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will hold an evidence session on ICAI’s review on tackling fraud in UK aid.

The Sub-Committee will explore with witnesses from ICAI and the FCDO the extent and impact of fraud on UK aid; how effective UK government departments are in the prevention, detection and management of fraud; and what lessons can be learned to ensure that fraud risk is managed effectively in the future.

21 Oct 2021 ICAI’s review on UK aid’s approach to youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa View sample
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Commons Select committee)

In July 2021, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) published its review “UK aid’s approach to youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa.”

This review focused on programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. FCDO does not have any dedicated programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment in the region; it does, however, have programmes which are aimed at promoting economic stability and growth, which cover youth employment.

The objectives of this evidence session are to examine ICAI’s review, recommendations, and the Government Response and to question the government on its response to ICAI and its policies and priorities for supporting youth employment in the MENA region.

28 Apr 2021 Implementing the Integrated Review in Nigeria View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Using Nigeria as a case study of Global Britain in action, we will seek to identify ways in which multiple, and inter-related, aspects of foreign policy engagement can be brought together in the coherent approach set out in the Integrated Review given the existing mechanisms of government.

21 Jul 2021 Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will explore the questions raised by the ‘Tilt to the Indo-Pacific’ announced in the Integrated Review. By answering country specific and broader regional questions, the inquiry will identify the main opportunities and challenges for the UK’s realignment to the Indo-Pacific region and deliver recommendations for maximising its influence and engagement there.

22 Jul 2021 Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will explore the questions raised by the ‘Tilt to the Indo-Pacific’ announced in the Integrated Review. By answering country specific and broader regional questions, the inquiry will identify the main opportunities and challenges for the UK’s realignment to the Indo-Pacific region and deliver recommendations for maximising its influence and engagement there.

21 Sep 2021 Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

More than 1,700 people are in prison serving indeterminate sentences for public protection, even though IPP sentences were abolished nearly 10 years ago. Some 96% of those prisoners have completed their mandatory period in prison (known as their “tariff”) and do not know when they will be released.

In this inquiry the Committee will examine policy issues surrounding IPP sentences, with the aim of identifying possible legislative and policy solutions.  

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

8 Dec 2021 Improving outcomes for women in the criminal justice system View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
26 Jan 2022

In 2018, the Ministry of Justice published a Female Offender Strategycommitting to reduce the imprisonment of vulnerable women who could be better supported in the community.

The strategy aims to reduce the number of women entering the criminal justice system; increase the use of community sentences; reduce short custodial sentences, and deliver a better experience for those in custody

The Committee will question women’s community service providers and senior officials at the MoJ and HMPPS on government’s progress in achieving the aims of the strategy. It will explore:

Whether the Department has a clear plan for how it will achieve the objectives set out in its strategy;Whether the strategy is being delivered in line with the Department’s plans, andWhether the Department is on track to meet the objectives and achieve the benefits it sets out

If you have evidence on any of these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 26 January 2022.

26 Mar 2021 Influencer culture View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will examine the power of influencers on social media, how influencer culture operates, and will consider the absence of regulation on the promotion of products or services, aside from the existing policies of individual platforms. An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority found that more than three-quarters of influencers “buried their disclosures within their posts”.

It will also assess influencer impact when it comes to media and popular culture as well as the positive role they can play, such as raising awareness for a campaign addressing vaccine hesitancy among people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

15 Dec 2021 Integrated rail plan View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
24 Jan 2022

The Committee is interested in the implications of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) for the economy and rail capacity and connectivity. We are particularly interested in receiving written evidence that addresses:

  • The contribution that the IRP will make to rail capacity and connectivity for (a) passengers and (b) freight in (i) the Midlands and the North and (ii) the UK
  • Whether and how the IRP will “level up” communities in the Midlands and the North
  • How the IRP will affect rail infrastructure and services outside the Midlands and the North
  • The challenges to central Government, Great British Railways, regional and local authorities, transport bodies and other stakeholders in delivering the IRP
  • How the rail schemes in the IRP will integrate and interact with HS2
  • How the rail improvement schemes in the IRP were selected, and whether those selections represent equity between and within regions
  • Whether the IRP represents value for money for UK taxpayers

1 Nov 2018 International Development Cooperation after Brexit View sample
EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (Lords select committee)

This inquiry will consider the impact of Brexit on UK-EU international development cooperation. It will cover:

The reasons for and against cooperation in specific areas

Formal and informal arrangements through which the UK could continue to cooperate with the EU

The impact of Brexit on UK-based NGOs

30 Jun 2020 International development cooperation after Brexit View sample
EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

22 Apr 2021 Introductory inquiry into the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland View sample
Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is conducting introductory inquiry into the operation of the Protocol in April 2021. It wishes to examine the following issues: 

  • the current situation in Northern Ireland as it relates to the Protocol, including views and concerns of communities and stakeholders; 
  • the current state of play regarding the Protocol’s operation; 
  • the continuing dialogue between the UK and the EU regarding the Protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and the governance bodies reporting to it; and  
  • efforts to identify solutions to the problems thus far identified. 

7 Apr 2020 Introductory Session with the Defence Secretary View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

8 Apr 2021 Investigation and prosecution of rape View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of the Committee’s overarching work into violence against women and girls, the Committee wishes to explore the key question of why rape prosecutions are falling. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this work.

The Committee is keen to understand from victims and survivors of rape and serious sexual assault what changes they think could help improve the experience of reporting what has happened to the police and going to court to get justice.

If you would like to submit your lived experience to the Committee, you can find questions about going through the criminal justice system following experiences of sexual violence here. You can also share why you might have chosen not to go through the criminal justice system. Responses to these questions should be received by 11 May 2021.

Find out more about the Committee’s wider work into violence against women and girls.

 

9 Nov 2021 Investment in Northern Ireland View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee are assessing the economic effectiveness of UK Government policy to deliver investment in Northern Ireland. 

The inquiry looks at how these programmes may address long-standing economic issues in the region, and what further steps can be taken to stimulate investment, including foreign direct investment, in Northern Ireland.

18 Dec 2020 Inward Foreign Direct Investment View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

1. The Committee has launched an inquiry into inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – where overseas investors acquire ownership of, or a controlling stake in, UK businesses.

 

2. The Committee’s inquiry will look at issues including: Government strategy for promoting and facilitating inward FDI; the role of the new Office for Investment; the proposed National Security and Investment Regime; and the role played in UK inward investment by foreign governments’ Sovereign Wealth Funds.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
1 Apr 2021 Jobs, growth, and productivity after coronavirus View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

Terms of Reference:

  • How much difference can government policy make to economic growth?
  • What are the causes of the gap in the UK’s level of productivity compared to other advanced economies, and why has productivity growth been persistently weak in the aftermath of the 2007-09 financial crisis?
  • How successful has the Government’s pandemic response been in protecting jobs to date, and how can it help reduce and mitigate the economic scarring effects of the pandemic going forward?
  • Do economic statistics adequately capture growth in the modern economy, and what lessons can be learned from the pandemic about the measurement of economic activity?
  • What policies are effective in helping people to reskill, move between occupations and sectors and take advantage of new opportunities? How could these be best implemented in the aftermath of the pandemic, and as technological developments such as artificial intelligence change the nature of work?
  • Does the Government have the right mix of policies and a coherent strategy to promote long-term productivity growth and create new high-quality jobs?
  • Is the Government doing enough to encourage corporate investment?
  • Is the “Plan for Growth” an adequate replacement for the “Industrial Strategy”?
  • Are we in a period characterised by long-term low economic growth (secular stagnation), and if so, what are the implications for Government economic policy?
  • Is the UK well placed to take advantage of future technological breakthroughs and translate them into economic opportunities?

Macroeconomic policy

  • What are the roles of monetary policy and fiscal policy in stabilising the business cycle and promoting growth in the post-pandemic economy?
  • Does the inflation target remain fit-for-purpose, especially in a world where interest rates may be ‘low for long’? Should the MPC target anything else?
  • Does the MPC have effective monetary policy tools to stimulate the economy when interest rates are low?
  • What evidence is there on the relationship between the scale of the public debt and economic growth?
  • Is a return of inflation a risk to the economic recovery?
  • Can monetary and fiscal policy improve employment, growth and/or productivity outcomes by ‘running the economy hot’?

Inquiry launch page

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
15 Sep 2021 Labour shortages in the food and farming sector View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

There have been reports of labour shortages affecting some businesses throughout the food and farming sector, for example:

  • farms have been unable to hire all the seasonal workers they need to harvest food (and pick other crops such as flowers);
  • businesses in the food and drink processing sector – the country’s largest manufacturing sector – have seen their output fall due to recruitment problems;
  • shortages of HGV drivers, who provide the vital linkages within the food supply chain;
  • some empty shelves at supermarkets & local stores and some menu items being unavailable at restaurants, which have had impacts for consumers.

The reasons are complex: Brexit following the end of the Transition Period on 31 December - including the introduction of the Government’s new immigration policy - and the covid-19 pandemic in particular are often cited, but are other factors also at play, and are the causes temporary or permanent?

This inquiry will explore what is causing labour shortages, and the impact on the food and farming sector both now and in the future.

It will also ask what other factors are affecting the food supply chain. This is likely to focus on the new post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU, including the latest impact of additional red tape and checks at the border since 1 January 2021 on businesses exporting food (and other “Sanitary and Phytosanitary”, or SPS, goods) to the EU. The inquiry will also consider the Government’s latest delay to introducing border controls and checks for SPS imports from the EU, including the effect on the competitiveness of British businesses.

5 Jul 2021 Lessons from Greensill Capital View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the government launched a series of schemes providing financial support to businesses of all sizes. Of these, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provided support to the largest businesses—those with a minimum turnover of £45 million. Commercial lenders (for example, banks, building societies and peer to peer lenders) provided financial support directly to businesses. Borrowers are expected to repay the debt in full and government provides a guarantee to the lenders.

The British Business Bank (BBB), acting as scheme administrator on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, authorised lenders to provide financial support under CLBILS following an accreditation process. BBB authorised Greensill Capital to issue financial support in June 2020. Greensill Capital filed for insolvency on 8th March 2021.

Drawing on Committee’s previous work and the National Audit Office’s  report on Greensill Capital, the inquiry will consider the operation of the Covid 19 financial support packages for business, in particular Greensill Capital’s involvement in the schemes including the accreditation process, and any post-accreditation monitoring of Greensill Capital’s activities.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Treasury and Department for Business, and the chief executive of the British Business Bank. If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by 6pm on Tuesday 20 July 2021. 

 

12 Jan 2022 Lessons from implementing IR35 reforms View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
14 Feb 2022

Lessons from implementing IR35 reforms

“Off-payroll working” - known as ‘IR35’ - tax rules can apply if a worker or “contractor” provides their services to the client through their own limited company or another type of intermediary.

The rules aim to make sure that workers who would be classed as an employee if they were providing their services directly to the client pay broadly the same Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as employees.

From April 2017, public bodies became responsible for determining whether IR35 applied to contractors providing services through an intermediary, where previously the intermediary or contractor was responsible.

This reform was prompted by perceived persistent non-compliance which HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimated cost the exchequer £440 million a year in lost tax revenue. From April 2021, these new requirements were extended to medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors.

The Committee has previously reported on concerns that some people who had complied correctly with the IR35 rules had missed out on Covid support for those still classified for tax purposes as “self-employed”.

With the reforms now taking effect in more sectors, the Committee will question senior officials at HMRC on what lessons have been learned from the public sector implementation of the IR35 reforms.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 14 February 2022 18:00.

14 Feb 2020 Level playing field and state aid View sample
EU Goods Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

This short inquiry will explore how the level playing field and state aid rules will feature in negotiations of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Building on a previous inquiry, Brexit: competition and state aid, it will consider what the level playing field means in practice, how it operates in current EU free trade agreements, the EU’s goals with its state aid policies, and the opportunities that are open to the UK in formulating its own state aid policy, in particular for supporting wider UK Government objectives such as "levelling up" the country and meeting climate targets.

27 Apr 2021 Liberty Steel and the Future of the UK Steel Industry View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The BEIS Committee is holding an inquiry into Liberty Steel and the Future of the UK Steel Industry.

On 8 March 2021, the supply chain finance firm Greensill collapsed into administration after months of speculation about its financial viability. Greensill was the principal financial backer of GFG Alliance, owner of Liberty Steel, which is the third largest steel manufacturer in the UK. The collapse of Greensill puts 5,000 jobs at risk at Liberty Steel and other firms.

UK taxpayers are reported to be exposed to more than £1bn of debt from the collapse of Greensill Capital via three Government guarantees, including a state-backed coronavirus lending scheme, which enabled Greensill to advance hundreds of millions of pounds to companies linked to GFG Alliance.

On 28 March 2021, the Government rejected a request for £170m in financial support from Mr Gupta for Liberty Steel due to concerns over GFG Alliance's opaque accounting procedures. This raises questions about the effectiveness of auditing and corporate governance regulations, and about the risks posed to UK industry by high-risk financing methods.

The UK steel industry has faced serious challenges for many years, particularly due to the excess of steel on the international market which has depressed prices, and which resulted in plant closures and staff lay-offs during the 2015/16 steel industry crisis. The sector is also grappling with the Government's ambitious target of 2035 to achieve net zero emissions in relation to steel production.

1 Jun 2020 Life beyond COVID View sample
COVID-19 Committee (Lords Select committee)

In its first inquiry, the Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society – what might it mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture?

28 Oct 2020 Living online: the long-term impact on wellbeing View sample
COVID-19 Committee (Lords Select committee)

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our rapidly increasing reliance on digital technology. This inquiry will look at the long-term impact this may have on our social and economic wellbeing and, in particular, on four key drivers of wellbeing: physical health, mental health, social interaction and quality of working life.

11 Dec 2020 Loan charge follow-up View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Finance Bill Sub-Committee is taking further evidence on the progress of the Loan Charge since the publication of the Morse Review in December 2019. This will focus on how HMRC has changed its approach to the Loan Charge since the review, ongoing challenges, and measures to tackle promoters of tax avoidance schemes who continue to operate in the UK.

10 Mar 2021 Local government and the path to net zero View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The aim of the inquiry is to scrutinise the government’s plans to make all new homes “zero carbon ready” by 2025, through the introduction of the Future Homes Standards, and to explore how local government can help the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to “net zero” by 2050, including by incentivising and decarbonising public transport and facilitating green growth. The inquiry follows on from the findings of the Climate Assembly UK report in 2020.

21 Oct 2021 Local Government Finance system: Overview and challenges View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

After a series of PAC reports on the state of local authority finances over the last year including on the system of local government audit; local authority exposure to risky commercial investment  and potential losses in Covid support schemes; and the overall sustainability of the local authority finances, the Committee will question senior officials at the Treasury and newly renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on the challenges now facing local government as we enter the long economic recovery from the Covid19 pandemic.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 22 November.

4 Mar 2021 Long term funding of adult social care View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will focus on how adult social care should be funded in the long-term. The Committee aims to understand the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for long-term funding reform since we published recommendations on the subject together with the Health and Social Care Committee in 2018. The inquiry will consider how additional funds for adult social care can be raised, and how the adult social care market can be improved. 

4 Mar 2021 Long-term funding of adult social care View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will focus on how adult social care should be funded in the long-term. The Committee aims to understand the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for long-term funding reform since we published recommendations on the subject together with the Health and Social Care Committee in 2018. The inquiry will consider how additional funds for adult social care can be raised, and how the adult social care market can be improved. 

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
1 Apr 2021 Major cultural and sporting events View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will examine the role of major cultural and sporting events in celebrating the UK’s national identity. Several events of international importance are due to be hosted in the UK in 2022, prompting this inquiry by MPs. 

The inquiry will consider the challenges in the road ahead to the Festival UK* 2022, the start of the FIFA World Cup 2030 bidding process and the Commonwealth Games, among others. A key focus will be how the Government is using these events as opportunities to define what the UK means to both its citizens and the rest of the world. The Committee is seeking views on what is needed for these events to bring together the people and values of all four nations of the UK and the kind of impact they should aim to achieve. 

4 Dec 2020 Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Billions of pounds of investment has been committed during 2020 to the UK’s transport infrastructure.

This inquiry will consider:

  • transport infrastructure strategy and priorities;
  • the appraisal and funding of transport infrastructure;
  • oversight, accountability and governance of transport infrastructure projects;
  • factors influencing the cost and capacity and skills required to deliver the infrastructure plans.          

The extent to which the coronavirus pandemic will affect the necessity and cost-effectiveness of major transport infrastructure projects will factor in the Committee’s work. The Government also has a legal commitment to meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and infrastructure is a major contributor to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

25 Jun 2021 Mapping the path to net zero View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

This committee workstream, comprising a series of related evidence sessions, is focused on the strategies for delivery of the Government’s net zero strategy. The announcement follows the Climate Change Committee’s warning that time is running out for realistic climate commitments. 

In line with its remit "to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non­departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development" and to audit their performance against targets  by Ministers, the Committee plans to examine whether the Government’s present strategies to meet its net zero targets are adequate to meet its policy ambitions.The Committee will collaborate closely with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee in that Committee's own inquiry into Net Zero Governance, announced on 24 June 2021. The Committee also intends to work collaboratively with other departmental select committees monitoring carbon-intensive departments and their net zero strategies.

The first evidence session in this workstream is scheduled for 21 July 2021, when the Committee will discuss the Climate Change Committee's 2021 Progress Report to Parliament with the CCC Chief Executive, Chris Stark. Further details of this evidence session will be announced in due course.

22 Jun 2021 Meeting the UK’s housing demand View sample
Built Environment Committee (Lords Select committee)

This inquiry will investigate the demand for new housing in the UK and how barriers to meeting this demand can be overcome.

This inquiry will consider the key factors shaping the type, tenure and quality of housing needed in the UK. It will examine a range of challenges to meeting that demand including skills shortages in the construction industry and some specific aspects of the planning system. The Committee will report by the end of the year and make recommendations to the Government.

The inquiry is accepting written submissions until 10 September 2021. Please see the call for evidence.

23 Jul 2021 Menopause and the workplace View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

A 2019 survey conducted by BUPA and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that three in five menopausal women- usually aged between 45 and 55- were negatively affected at work and that almost 900,000 women in the U.K. left their jobs over an undefined period of time because of menopausal symptoms. This could mean that women are leaving businesses “at the peak of their experience” which will “impact productivity”. Women in this age group are likely to be eligible for senior management roles, and so their exit can lessen diversity at executive levels. It can also contribute to the gender pay-gap and feed into a disparity in pensions.

Under the Equality Act 2010, menopause discrimination is largely covered under three protected characteristics: age, sex and disability discrimination. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 provides for safe working, which extends to the working conditions when experiencing menopausal symptoms. There have been several calls made for further legislation to require employers to put in place a workplace menopause policy to protect women going through the menopause against discrimination whilst at work.

The Government Equalities Office 2019 ‘roadmap’ on gender equality commits the Government to conduct research into “what works to improve women’s reproductive health, across the life course” and “develop indicators relating to women’s health experience and impact on their work.” The Government has also recently sought views to help inform the development of a Women’s Health Strategy. This inquiry examines the extent of discrimination faced by menopausal people in the workplace, and investigates how Government policy and workplace practices can better support those experiencing menopause.

20 Apr 2021 Mental Health in Prison View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry seeks to understand the current scale of mental health need in prisons, and to identify what support exists and whether there are any gaps in provision.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

5 Mar 2020 Military Exercises and the Duty of Care: Further Follow-Up View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Defence Committee is holding an evidence session on military exercises and the duty of care. This session was postponed due to the General Election and is now being revisited by the newly constituted Defence Committee.

In 2016 the Defence Committee published a report "Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care". This report examined the overarching policies and guidance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Armed Forces in respect of the health and safety of service personnel during training, exercises and selection events and whether effective processes existed for learning the lessons from accidents and deaths that occurred during such events.

An initial follow-up evidence session was held in November 2016. This second follow-up session will focus on what has been achieved since the publication of the Committee’s report in 2016. It will consider whether the actions taken have addressed the concerns raised in the initial report, whether lessons have been learnt, whether a culture of continual learning exists and what scope there is for further improvement.

The Commitee will condsider new evidence, which can be submited till the deadline Thursday 9 April 2020. There is no need to resubmit previous written evidence.

 

15 Nov 2021 Mobilising action on climate change and environment: behaviour change View sample
Environment and Climate Change Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Environment and Climate Change Committee is exploring behaviour change in the context of climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and the environment (e.g. biodiversity, water, waste & the circular economy and air pollution). The main focus of the inquiry is on behaviour change, though not in isolation, as the Committee is also interested in the wider conditions needed for people to make changes and the sequencing of related policy measures. The Committee has issued a call for evidence with a deadline of Monday 13 December 2021, and will also be gathering oral evidence.

30 Nov 2020 MoD Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

13 Jan 2021 Moving animals across borders View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

As a result of the UK leaving the EU and being granted “national listed status” as a third country, the movement of animals across borders faces a raft of regulation changes. This means that exports of live animals (for slaughter and fattening) from Great Britain (GB) to the EU and Northern Ireland can continue, although the Government is proposing a ban. There are also changes to the requirements for pets travelling between GB and the EU or Northern Ireland, with GB-issued pet passports no longer valid for travel. Furthermore, from July, new border controls will be put in place by the UK, requiring imported horses entering GB to go through a Border Control Post.

This inquiry scrutinises the impact of the new agreement and relationship with the EU on how animals can be moved across borders, focusing on live animal exports, equines (horses, ponies and donkeys) and domestic animals. The scope of the inquiry covers impacts on animal health including disease outbreak, economic interests, the capacity of the UK to adapt to new regulations, and the illegal movements of animals across borders.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
12 Jan 2022 NAO Estimates 2021-22 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
14 Feb 2022

Lessons from implementing IR35 reforms

The Committee will question Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General, on the NAO’s Estimate 2021-22

“Off-payroll working” - known as ‘IR35’ - tax rules can apply if a worker or “contractor” provides their services to the client through their own limited company or another type of intermediary.

The rules aim to make sure that workers who would be classed as an employee if they were providing their services directly to the client pay broadly the same Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as employees.

From April 2017, public bodies became responsible for determining whether IR35 applied to contractors providing services through an intermediary, where previously the intermediary or contractor was responsible.

This reform was prompted by perceived persistent non-compliance which HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimated cost the exchequer £440 million a year in lost tax revenue. From April 2021, these new requirements were extended to medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors.

The Committee has previously reported on concerns that some people who had complied correctly with the IR35 rules had missed out on Covid support for those still classified for tax purposes as “self-employed”.

With the reforms now taking effect in more sectors, the Committee will question senior officials at HMRC on what lessons have been learned from the public sector implementation of the IR35 reforms.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 14 February 2022 18:00.

17 Jan 2022 NAO Estimates 2021-22 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
14 Feb 2022

The Committee will question Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General, on the NAO’s Estimate 2021-22.

1 Sep 2021 National Law Enforcement Data Programme View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Home Office’s National Law Enforcement Data Programme was created to replace the Police National Computer, the national record of data on arrests and missing or wanted persons, and the Police National Database, which facilitates sharing of intelligence between forces.

These systems are vital to police operations and are used by all 45 police forces and many other law enforcement agencies. Early in 2021 it was reported that the Police National Computer had suffered a data loss with the accidental deletion of thousands of records.

The Committee has warned, in previous inquiries, on the Home Office’s “miserable record of exorbitantly expensive digital programmes that fail to deliver”.  It will question senior officials at the Home Office on whether National Law Enforcement Data programme is likely to meet user requirements and deliver technology that is likely to work, progress against time and budget, and the remaining risks to successful delivery.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6.00pm on Thursday 9th September 2021

15 Oct 2020 National Plan for Sport and Recreation View sample
National Plan for Sport and Recreation Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

4 Jan 2021 National security machinery View sample
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

Because of the concerns it highlighted in its recent Biosecurity and national security report, and the urgency of the need to establish effective national security structures to prepare for further future emergencies, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy is examining how well the national security machinery operates — including the roles of the National Security Council and National Security Adviser, key government departments and agencies, and their coordination on national security issues.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

9 Jun 2021 Nature-based solutions for climate change View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Committee is investigating the role of nature-based solutions in mitigating climate change. The inquiry will consider how protecting, managing, and restoring natural ecosystems can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing co-benefits to people and nature. It will also examine any scientific uncertainties surrounding their effects, and barriers to their effective implementation. The Committee has issued a call for written evidence, and will be taking oral evidence in autumn 2021.

6 Mar 2020 Net zero and UN climate summits View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The BEIS Committee has launched a standing inquiry on the UK’s ‘Net Zero’ target and the UN Climate Summits. The Committee expects this inquiry to run for the duration of this Parliament. It will consider issues including:

  • Progress in delivering the UK’s 2050 net zero target; 
  • Progress in cutting emissions to meet the UK’s five-yearly Carbon Budgets; 
  • The role of BEIS in leading climate change mitigation policy across Government; 
  • The potential role of business and industry in the net zero agenda; 
  • Preparations for the 2021 Climate Summit in Glasgow, and the UK’s performance as Summit host; 
  • The ongoing role of the UK in international climate talks and initiatives to tackle climate change. 

Background

On 27 June 2019 the UK’s ‘Net Zero’ target came into force, setting a new goal to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050. The Net Zero target replaces the UK’s previous goal to reduce UK emissions by 80% by 2050, established by the Climate Change Act 2008.

The net zero target aligns UK legislation with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, as agreed by the world’s nations at the 2015 UN Climate Summit (COP21). The Paris Agreement sets an aim to limit global temperature rise to "well below 2°C" above pre-industrial levels and to "pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C".

In September 2019 the UK was awarded the Presidency of the next UN Climate Summit (COP26), in partnership with Italy. The Summit will now take place in Glasgow in November 2021.

Calls for evidence

The Committee is working with the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) on a survey of priorities for COP26, the results of which will feed into this inquiry.  As part of this exercise POST is also creating a database of COP26 experts.  This is an invitation to anyone with expertise in areas relating to COP26 to provide feedback. For more information and to take the survey please visit https://post.parliament.uk/horizon-scanning/cop26-expert-database/.

We are not currently inviting written submissions for this inquiry. As the inquiry progresses, we may issue a targeted call for evidence on a specific issue. If you would like to provide any information or have any queries regarding this inquiry please email us at beiscom@parliament.uk

20 Jul 2021 Net zero aviation and shipping View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

Aviation and shipping pose major challenges to reducing emissions. Together they account for 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions and on current trends, aviation will be the largest emitting sector by 2050. The Government has set ambitious targets to reach net zero emissions by 2050 for the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping.

This inquiry will look at the ability of technologies, fuels and operational efficiencies to reduce both sector’s emissions and what Government action is needed at a national and international level to meet its stated targets.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

24 Jun 2021 Net Zero Governance View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry on net zero governance, which will examine the leadership and co-ordination which will be needed by government to deliver on the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. 

The Committee’s inquiry will examine the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s leadership role in delivering net zero, how effectively the Department is driving co-ordinated action across Whitehall and the role that devolved administrations and local and regional authorities can play. The inquiry will also examine the Government’s success in engaging with public sector bodies, regulators, businesses and citizens on net zero and the role and oversight of net zero performance metrics in Government. 

The BEIS Committee will be working closely with the Environmental Audit Committee on this inquiry and inviting guests from other select committees engaged in work on net zero.  The BEIS Committee also welcomes evidence for this inquiry on the effectiveness of current parliamentary scrutiny arrangements for climate change. 

 

9 Mar 2020 New Decade, New Approach Agreement View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The New Decade, New Approach agreement provided the basis for restoration of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland following a three-year period without an Executive or functioning Assembly.

The New Decade, New Approach agreement includes measures and consequent funding commitments that are intended to transform public services in Northern Ireland. It also includes initiatives to improve the scrutiny and transparency of the Northern Ireland Executive, as well as changes to improve the sustainability of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland.

As part of the New Decade, New Approach Agreement, the UK Government has made financial commitments to support government in Northern Ireland. Those measures include funding to help the Executive transform public service provision and support the health service in Northern Ireland. The UK Government has committed to providing funding of £2 billion, £1 billion of which it has described as “Barnett-based investment”.

 

Terms of reference

The Committee would welcome the submission of written evidence that addresses:

  • whether the UK Government’s commitment of £2 billion is sufficient to transform public service provision in Northern Ireland;
  • what evidence and calculations underpin the £2 billion commitment;
  • how UK Government funding should be allocated to Northern Ireland and whether it should be linked to the functioning of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland;
  • the potential merits and/or demerits of establishing an Independent Fiscal Council in Northern Ireland to assess the Executive’s use of public money;
  • the potential effect of the New Decade, New Approach agreement on the future sustainability of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland; and
  • whether the deal excludes other measures that might improve good governance in Northern Ireland.

26 May 2021 New technologies and the application of the law View sample
Justice and Home Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the use of new technologies in law enforcement. The Committee seeks to explore the use of advanced algorithmic tools in activities to discover, deter, rehabilitate, or punish people who breach the law in England and Wales. Border management may also be under consideration. The Committee will examine the existing legal framework enabling the development of these tools, ethical issues raised by their use in law enforcement contexts, and the lived experiences of users and citizens interacting with them.

26 May 2021 New technologies for law enforcement View sample
Justice and Home Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

21 Oct 2021 NHS Backlogs and waiting times View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The NHS in England was running at close to maximum capacity before the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has led to a sharp drop in routine NHS activity, resulting in more people waiting for treatment, and waiting for longer

The Committee will question the senior officials at DHSC and NHS England on the current position of NHS backlogs and waiting times following the COVID-19 pandemic, including the points at which patients wait for NHS treatment; how trends in waiting times changed before the emergence of COVID-19; and the effect that COVID-19 has had on waiting times.

If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by Wednesday 8 December.

22 Sep 2021 NHS litigation reform View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the case for the reform of NHS litigation against a background of a significant increase in costs, and concerns that the clinical negligence process fails to do enough to encourage lessons being learnt which promote future patient safety.]

Figures show that in 2020/21, £2.26bn was spent from the NHS budget to settle claims and pay legal costs arising from clinical negligence claims.  A further £7.9 billion was spent on compensation from claims settled in previous years, meaning that over £10bn of money was spent on clinical negligence claims which could have been spent on patient care. The total potential liabilities arising from all negligence claims made up to the end of 2020/21 was £82.8bn, increasing by about £5.7 bn every year. 

20 Oct 2021 NHS supply chain finance View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Prior to its collapse in March 2021, Greensill Capital was involved in the provision of a supply chain finance scheme to more quickly reimburse community pharmacies for dispensing NHS prescriptions. Greensill was also involved in a “payday” scheme that enabled employees of NHS Trusts to access their salaries early.

Following evidence from former Prime Minister David Cameron to the PAC and Treasury Committee, the NAO is conducting a review of the role of Greensill capital supply chain finance in the NHS.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Crown Commercial Service, DHSC and NHS Business Services on how Greensill became a supplier to the NHS for these schemes, how it administered these schemes and what happened when it failed in March 2021. The Committee is also concurrently investigating the wider lessons from Greensill Capital and expects to report on that inquiry shortly.

If you have any evidence on Greensill’s involvement with the NHS and its suppliers please submit it here by Monday 8 November

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
22 Oct 2021 Off-payroll working: follow-up View sample
Finance Bill Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee has launched a new follow-up inquiry on the implementation of the off-payroll rules in the private sector, and how these rules are working in practice.

12 Jul 2021 Office for Budget Responsibility Fiscal Risks Report View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

16 Jun 2021 Ofgem and net zero View sample
Industry and Regulators Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee will consider the role of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the UK’s energy regulator, in the transition to net zero. It will consider Ofgem’s work in this area, whether changes are needed to its objectives and powers, how net zero relates to Ofgem’s other responsibilities, and Ofgem’s relationship to Government and Parliament.

10 Dec 2021 Omicron variant update View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Health and Social Care Committee have invited the Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty to answer questions about the new variant, booster jabs and measures to slow transmission of the virus.

Questions will focus on emerging evidence on the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, including transmissibility and severity of illness for those infected. MPs are also expected to address vaccine effectiveness and roll out of booster jabs, as well as the impact on young people.

18 Mar 2021 One off session: Changing cultures underpinning male violence View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Women and Equalities Committee to look at cultures underpinning male violence against women

 

The Women and Equalities Committee has today announced that it will look at government action to change cultures underpinning male violence against women.

The Committee met with the Minister for Safeguarding, Victoria Atkins MP, in January to discuss the forthcoming strategies on Violence Against Women and Girls and Domestic Abuse, and is today publishing correspondence from the Minister following that meeting.

 

The issues discussed in the session and the letter cut across several policy areas:

  • sexual and racialised harassment on public transport and in public places;
  • harmful media images that normalise sexual and other violence;
  • teaching children about respectful relationships and gender equality;
  • women’s safety in the workplace; and
  • funding for specialist domestic and sexual abuse support services including support for Black and minority women.

 

The Minister’s letter does not provide information about what mechanisms are in place to ensure Government action to prevent violence against women and girls or to ensure cross-departmental working on this issue. This is despite the UK’s commitment through the Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.

 

The Committee will look at:

  • what the Government is doing to measure progress on changing attitudes and cultures that underpin or normalise male violence.
  • why public prevention campaigns, including This Is Abuse/Disrespect Nobody, are much less prominent than public health and road safety campaigns?
  • how is the Government taking action following its own research on engaging men and boys in gender equality and the relationship between pornography use and harmful sexual behaviours?

 

Committee Chair Caroline Nokes MP said:

“This is a distressing time for everyone – both women and men – who believe that women and girls have the right to live their lives in freedom and without the threat or reality of violence.

“The Government has made long-standing commitments to take all measures to eliminate violence against women and girls and we will be asking how they are doing this.

“Our session will focus on how to change cultures and attitudes that underpin male violence.”

 

Notes:

The Women and Equalities Committee’s predecessor committee published a series of reports on sexual harassment and recommendations to the Government on prevention.

16 Sep 2020 OneWeb View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

22 Jul 2021 Online safety and online harms View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation (Commons Select committee)

The Sub-Committee will investigate how focus has shifted since the introduction of the Online Safety Strategy Green Paper in 2017, including concerns that the definition of harm is now too narrow and may fail to address issues such as non-state intervention in elections, racist abuse and content that contributes to self-harm and negative body image. It will also explore key omissions of the draft Bill, such as a general duty for tech companies to deal with reasonably foreseeable harms, a focus on transparency and due process mechanisms or regulatory powers to deal with urgent security threats and how any gaps can be filled before the Bill is finalised. Another focus will be on where lessons can be learnt from international efforts to regulate big tech, such as in France, Germany and Australia.

This inquiry by the House of Commons DCMS Sub-Committee is distinct from any work by the Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill, established by the House of Lords and the House of Commons on 23 July. 

17 Sep 2021 Open justice: court reporting in the digital age View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This short inquiry seeks to understand how digital technology has affected the way that the media and the public access and report on the courts.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about this inquiry.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
20 Apr 2021 Parents and families View sample
COVID-19 Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

20 Sep 2021 Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Scrutiny 2020-21 View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) is launching its annual scrutiny session into the work of the PHSO in the financial year 2020/21.

According to the House of Commons Standing Order 146, PACAC's role in relation to the PHSO is:

to examine the reports of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Health Service Commissioner for England, which are laid before this House, and matters in connection therewith

PACAC therefore scrutinises the PHSO's annual report and other reports that the Ombudsman chooses to lay before Parliament. Where these reports highlight failures in the quality and standards of Civil Service administration, PACAC may use them to hold the government to account. We will also be using this session to look back at the role of the Ombudsman, Rob Behrens, after five years in post.

The Committee cannot review the PHSO's adjudications on individual cases. This includes the PHSO's decisions on whether or not to accept a case. As the office of the PHSO is independent, adjudications cannot be overruled by a government minister or any parliamentary committee.

29 Apr 2021 Pension stewardship and COP26 View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Pension stewardship and COP26

The UK will host the 26 UN Climate Council Conference of Parties COP26 in Glasgow between 1 and 12 November.

 In March 2021, the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion announced that “world leading regulations” will come into force ahead of COP26, following the Government’s consultation, Taking action on climate risk: improving governance and reporting by occupational pension schemes – response and consultation on regulations, which ran from January to March 2021.

Ahead of COP26 the Committee is seeking views on how the UK Government’s approach to pension scheme stewardship can inform—and should be informed by—approaches taken internationally.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry

 

 

 

23 Mar 2021 Permitted Development Rights View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The aim of this short inquiry is to examine the Government’s recent and proposed changes to permitted development rights in respect of large-scale development, commercial-to-residential conversions and changes of use between different types of commercial and retail premises. In particular, the inquiry will explore their role in supporting economic growth and their impact on local authorities, including their ability to plan development holistically, developer contributions, the provision of services and social housing and the supply and quality of new homes.

7 Jul 2021 Plastic waste View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Despite growing awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, a large proportion of plastic waste is still not recycled, and the UK currently exports large quantities of plastic packaging overseas, where it may end up being managed unsustainably. 

The UK Government has set a target of eliminating all 'avoidable' plastic waste by 2042, with a shorter-term ambition to “work towards” only recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging being placed on the market by 2025. Measures they have announced include a plastic packaging tax, a deposit return scheme, and banning some single-use plastics, like straws.   

This inquiry scrutinises the level of the Government’s ambition, whether current measures on plastic waste go far enough, and how alternatives to plastic consumption can be identified and supported. 

11 Aug 2020 Police conduct and complaints View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the role and remit of the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to the police conduct and discipline system. It will look at how the IOPC and police forces around the country work to resolve complaints and at progress in reforming the system following criticisms of the time taken to resolve complaints. It will also investigate what reforms are required to secure public confidence in the police conduct and disciplinary system.

18 Mar 2021 Policing and organisation of vigils relating to the safety of women in public places View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Home Affairs Committee is seeking evidence on the policing of vigils held over the weekend of 13 and 14 March 2021 which followed the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

The Committee wishes to hear from those who participated in, organised, policed, or were otherwise affected by the vigils about their experiences of these events. The Committee will seek to take evidence about the vigils very soon so that it can understand what happened, why vigils were policed differently in different places, and what lessons can be learned.

4 Mar 2020 Post Office and Horizon View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry explores issues emerging from the Horizon IT Court cases, looking at the impact on sub-postmasters and its effect on the future viability of the Post Office, and examining the lessons the Government and Post Office Ltd have learned from a scandal which saw hundreds of sub-postmasters accused of fraud.

In the 2017-19 Parliament, the Committee undertook an inquiry on the Future of the Post Office network (the Horizon case was live at that time and sub-judice so the Committee were unable to take specific evidence on that aspect) which made recommendations to the Government and the Post Office Limited.

In the current Parliament, the BEIS Committee has taken evidence on Post Office & Horizon but later planned sessions were cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19. The BEIS Committee followed up on the issues raised through correspondence from Darren Jones, BEIS Committee Chair, to a number of relevant parties.

The Committee is likely to return to the issues raised once the Independent Review into the Post Office Ltd has been completed.  

Visit our news story for further information.

23 Oct 2020 Post-Brexit common frameworks View sample
Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Common Frameworks Scrutiny was appointed on 17 September 2020 to scrutinise and consider matters relating to Common Frameworks.

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will result in a number of powers that are currently held by the EU being returned to the UK. Many of these powers currently intersect with the competences of at least one of the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish governments.

Common frameworks are a mechanism for the UK and devolved governments to mutually agree some amount of regulatory consistency for policy areas where returning EU powers are within devolved competence.

The Committee is considering how the common frameworks programme will operate and relate to other initiatives, how it could be reviewed and improved in the future, and the role for parliamentary scrutiny across the UK.

17 Dec 2020 Post-Brexit UK-EU Security Cooperation View sample
EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee is undertaking a brief inquiry into the outcome of the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, as it relates to matters within its remit.  The inquiry will focus on whether agreement has been reached on the replacement of key EU law enforcement, policing and security mechanisms in which the UK was involved as a Member State, and, where there is no agreement, the effectiveness of the contingencies to be relied upon.

In addition, the inquiry will take evidence on the question of the pending UK data adequacy decision by the European Commission, on which future UK-EU cooperation in these matters will depend.

3 Jun 2020 Post-pandemic economic growth View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

Our Post-Pandemic Economic Growth inquiry will look at the options available to Government to secure our economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; covering investment, industrial strategy, jobs, skills, exports and sustainable growth. 

This inquiry is likely to run through the Parliament and will include a series of sub-inquiries examining issues such as devolution and the 'levelling-up' agenda, the the role Government might play as a shareholder or investor in businesses in the future, and the measures needed to rebuild consumer confidence and stimulate economically and environmentally sustainable growth.

We want to hear your views on these issues. Read the call for evidence and submit.

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24 Jul 2020 Post-pandemic economic growth: Levelling up - local and regional structures and the delivery of economic growth View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

This sub-inquiry - Levelling up: local and regional structures and the delivery of economic growth - forms part of the Committee’s overall ‘super-inquiry’ into Post-Pandemic Economic Growth.

Our ‘levelling up’ inquiry will look at how local and regional government structures (including the role of powerhouses, local enterprise partnerships and growth hubs, city and regional mayoralties, and councils) could be reformed or better equipped to deliver growth locally.

We want to hear your views on these issues. Read the call for evidence and submit.

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23 Sep 2021 Post-pandemic economic growth: State Aid and Post Brexit Competition Policy View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

On 3 June 2020, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched an over-arching inquiry on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth. The overall focus of this inquiry was to consider how the Government could secure economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19 and will run throughout the duration of this Parliament.

We have published reports of our work on the first two strands of the inquiry: Post-pandemic economic growth: Industrial policy in the UK and Post-pandemic economic growth: Levelling up.

State Aid and Post Brexit Competition Policy” is the third sub-inquiry within the Post-Pandemic Economic Growth inquiry. This inquiry will cover three main themes, addressing the new policy and regulatory landscape following the UKs departure from the EU.

17 Mar 2020 Preparation for COP 26 View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

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17 Jan 2022 Presence of babies in the Chamber and Westminster Hall View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
18 Feb 2022

This inquiry will look at whether babies should be allowed in the House of Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall.

It will also explore how the rules about the presence of babies during parliamentary proceedings are set out, and what guidance MPs should be given about bringing their children into the House.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

4 Nov 2021 Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

About Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence Against Women and Girls includes a wide range of harmful behaviours. The Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy (published in July 2021) says that VAWG includes:

rape and other sexual offences, stalking, domestic abuse, ‘honour based’ abuse (including female genital mutilation and forced marriage and ‘honour’ killings), ‘revenge porn’ and ‘upskirting’, as well as many others.

A recent HMICFRS Inspection report on the Police response to violence against woman and girls says that figures on VAWG are alarming and that “We consider they represent an epidemic of violent and abusive offending against women and girls in England and Wales.”

The strategy recognises that men and boys can be victims too and says:

We recognise that men and boys are also affected by these crimes which is why in 2019 we published the first men and boys position paper. We will publish a new position paper later this year.

At an international level, VAWG has long been recognised as a human rights abuse. The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as:

any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

There is clear evidence about the prevalence and impact of male violence against women, including girls:

  • An estimated 1.6 million women and 757,000 men experience domestic abuse a year (ONS). A woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK according to the Femicide Census;
  • Approximately 560,000 women and 140,000 men are sexually assaulted each year according to the ONS, with women being nearly four times as likely as men to have experienced sexual assault. 98% of victims reported that the perpetrator(s) were male.

The Home Office estimates that the economic and social costs of domestic abuse alone is over £66 billion a year. This includes the physical and emotional harms incurred by victims (£47 billion), particularly the emotional harms (fear, anxiety and depression), an estimated £14 billion arising from lost output due to time off work and reduced productivity, and the cost borne by Government such as the costs to health services (£2.3 billion) and the police (£1.3 billion). Some of the cost of victim services will also fall to Government, such as housing costs totalling £550 million, which includes temporary housing, homelessness services and repairs and maintenance.

Why does VAWG happen?

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (in Recommendation 35 of CEDAW) regards gender-based violence against women as:

rooted in gender-related factors, such as the ideology of men’s entitlement and privilege over women, social norms regarding masculinity, and the need to assert male control or power, enforce gender roles or prevent, discourage or punish what is considered to be unacceptable female behaviour.

The Government Equalities Office commissioned research on engaging men and boys in changing gender norms, as a result, in part, of the Committee’s previous work on sexual harassment. The research found that, “Norms of masculinity are a central factor in the continued pervasiveness of violence against women and girls, with expectations of superiority, power and entitlement over women seemingly continuing to be influential in perceptions of what it means to be a man.”

In 2013, a large multi-country study on men’s violence against women for the UN (which did not include the UK) concluded that:

Overall, the study findings support existing theories on underlying gender inequalities and power imbalance between women and men are the foundational causes of violence against women. The findings go further to show how men’s use of violence against women is also associated with a complex interplay of factors at the individual, relationship, community and greater society levels. These factors cannot be understood in isolation and should be understood as existing within a broader environment of pervasive gender inequality.

How can VAWG be prevented?

There are a number of models and theories of change for preventing violence against women which address the underlying cultures and factors. In 2019 the World Health Organisation’s RESPECT Seven strategies to prevent violence against women was published stating that:

Successful prevention requires political commitment and leadership; implementing laws and policies that promote gender equality; investing in women’s organizations; and allocating resources to prevention. It also requires addressing the multiple forms of discrimination faced by women.

Prior to this, in 2010, an EU Commission-funded interactive model of Factors at play in the perpetration of violence against women, violence against children and sexual orientation violence identified points of intervention to disrupt factors contributing to perpetration including; devaluing women; masculinity; impunity from sanctions; men’s sense of entitlement; discrimination; gendered stereotypes; opportunity to perpetrate.

During the Committee’s session in April 2021 on Changing cultures underpinning male violence against women, expert witnesses set out the actions they considered to be essential across a range of themes:

  • Government action on online harms including pornography and image-based sexual abuse;
  • Government action on public campaigns and educational settings
  • The role of the community and private sector

International obligations to prevent VAWG

The UK Government has clear obligations under international law to prevent VAWG. The UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) requires the UK, and other State Parties, to take action to eliminate violence against women as a form of discrimination and a human rights abuse. Other relevant UN Conventions include the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Article 13 of the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which the UK has committed to ratifying, requires Parties to regularly promote or conduct awareness-raising campaigns, with women’s organisations and others, to increase public understanding of sexual and other violence against women and the need for prevention

The UK is also committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, domestically as well as abroad. This includes Goal 5 and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls to be eliminated in the public and private spheres.

Most recently, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2021, the UK along with most other States globally signed up to the Agreed Conclusions which recognises men and boys as agents and beneficiaries of change “and as strategic partners and allies in the promotion of women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life as well as the elimination of violence and in the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

Domestic obligations to prevent VAWG

The Equality Act 2010 specifically outlaws sexual harassment by service providers, amongst others, both in the public and private sector including local authorities, hospitals, schools, shops, restaurants and bars, transport companies, building and trade companies, gyms and hotels. Under the Public Sector Equality Duty public bodies, including government departments and local authorities, must take steps to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and harassment. It has been used by campaigners to argue that local authorities should consider women’s safety under the protected characteristic of sex when considering licensing applications for sex entertainment venues.

The Human Rights Act 1998 is also relevant to state obligations to prevent VAWG. For example, Article 8 enshrines the right to respect for private life which includes a positive obligation on the part of the state to protect individuals from violations by other individuals or by private bodies. Other relevant laws include safeguarding and child protection laws, as well as media regulation.

Government action

The first cross-departmental VAWG strategy was published in 2009 and there have been a number of iterations since then. Primary prevention, i.e., prevention of VAWG before it happens, has historically been seen as a weaker part of the Government’s approach although there have been specific actions such as the This Is Abuse/Disrespect Nobody campaign aimed at preventing domestic and sexual abuse among young people.

The current strategy was published in July 2021. Its objectives are:

  • Prioritising Prevention
  • Supporting Victims
  • Pursuing Perpetrators
  • Strengthening the System

 

Under the Prioritising Prevention objective, the Government says it has already taken action on prevention through making Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools, Relationships and Sex Education mandatory in all secondary schools, and Health education compulsory in all state funded schools. It also points to the recent round of the Safer Streets Fund which allows Police forces and local authorities to receive a share of £23.5 million to help women and girls feel safer on the streets.

The strategy says that more needs to be done on awareness raising among the public and professionals and to ensure that children and young people understand what healthy relationships and behaviour look like. It also says that more needs to be done to better understand what works to prevent the cycle of abuse.

Key additional actions on prevention include:

  • A national communications campaign focused on raising awareness of violence against women and girls and creating behaviour change;
  • Home Office investment of £3 million to better understand what works to prevent violence against women and girls;
  • Helping women feel safe in public places with the launch by the Home Office of a £5 million Safety of Women at Night Fund focused on the prevention of violence against women and girls in public spaces at night, building on the additional £25 million already invested in the Safer Streets Fund;
  • The Home Office piloting a tool, StreetSafe, which will enable the public to anonymously report areas where they feel unsafe and identify what about the location made them feel this way. The data will be used to inform local decision-making; and
  • The Department for Education better supporting teachers to deliver the Relationships, Sex and Health education curriculum, as well as explore how it can use young people, such as university students, to support this.

The Committee’s work on preventing VAWG

In January 2021, the Committee met with then Minister for Safeguarding, Victoria Atkins, in private and followed up with written questions about the decision to separate domestic abuse from the VAWG strategy. The Minister responded in a letter of 9 March.

In April 2021, amidst high levels of public and political concern about male violence against women and girls, the Committee held a one-off session on Changing cultures underpinning male violence against women. The Committee heard from leading experts in their field: Dr Stephen Burrell, co-author of research report for GEO Engaging men and boys in gender norms; John Carr, online child safety expert; Dr Helen Mott, sexual harassment expert and co-author of the Intervention Initiative bystander programme in Higher Education; and Dr Purna Sen former UN Women Executive Co-ordinator And Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and other forms of Discrimination.

The Committee subsequently wrote to the Ministers for Safeguarding, Online Harms and Schools on 7 June to inform the prevention objective of the forthcoming violence against women and girls (VAWG) and domestic abuse strategies. The Minister for Safeguarding responded in a letter of 7 July and the Minister for Digital and Culture responded in a letter of 16 July. The Minister for Safeguarding wrote again on 23 July when the new strategy was published.

 

The strategy was subsequently published in July 2021 with a much stronger emphasis on perpetrators and on prevention activities than in previous strategies.

 

Previous work on VAWG

The Committee’s previous work on VAWG focused on sexual harassment in particular and includes:

Sexual harassment in the workplace, 2018

Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places, 2018

Women’s everyday experience of sexism and sexual harassment, 2018

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools, 2016

 

The Committee’s work has had a significant impact on government policy in this area including:

 

[1] Why do some men use violence against women and how can we prevent it? UN Partners for Prevention

19 Nov 2020 Prison Education View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry is examining how current arrangements support learners in custody and how well prison education delivers the skills needed by employers. The inquiry is considering education for adults, young people and children in custody.  

It will look at what barriers exist, for instance, to delivering apprenticeships in a custodial setting. Also, what educational offers are in place to accommodate various length of sentences and different learning needs.  

The Committee is interested in how school exclusion policy impacts on youth custody and how alternative provision settings support young people who experience challenges in education and learning.   

Where possible the Committee is interested to hear prisoner learners’ and former prisoners’ own perceptions of how the prison education system is working and what might need to change.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

23 Jun 2020 Private prosecutions: safeguards View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine whether there are sufficient safeguards in place to limit the likelihood of injustices resulting from private prosecutions brought by organisations that act as the investigator and the prosecutor but are also the victim of the alleged offence.

The Justice Committee has set up this short inquiry following a request from the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). The CCRC asked, on 3 June, if the Committee would, following the referral of 47 Post Office Horizon cases for appeal, undertake a review of the “circumstances and safeguards where an organisation is allowed, as the Post Office was in these cases, to act a prosecutor when it is also the victim and the investigator of an alleged offence”.

The Committee will focus on the effectiveness of existing safeguards and the merits of additional safeguards that could be used to limit the potential for the right to bring private prosecutions by large organisation to cause miscarriages of justice.

The Committee will not be investigating individual cases, nor will it investigate Post Office and Horizon which is the subject of an ongoing inquiry by the Business, Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee and a forthcoming independent review.

The deadline for written evidence is 23 July. If you wish to submit evidence after this date please contact the Committee by email: justicecom@parliament.uk

10 Apr 2020 Procedure under coronavirus restrictions View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Procedure Committee is monitoring and evaluating the use of the temporary procedures and practices agreed to by the House of Commons on 21 and 22 April.These temporary changes have been introduced in consequence of the public health restrictions on movement and association introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

11 Jan 2021 Procurement and public services View sample
Public Services Committee (Lords Select committee)

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3 Mar 2020 Programming sub-Committee View sample
Environment Bill Programming Sub Committee (Commons General committee)

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9 Mar 2020 Progress on devolution in England View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Relaunched inquiry: Progress of Devolution in England

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has relaunched its inquiry into progress on devolution in England. The inquiry will scrutinise the impact of recently agreed devolution agreements and ask if the transfer of further powers to England’s regions can boost local economies and provision of public services.

Since 2014, cities and regions including Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Cornwall have successfully negotiated bespoke devolution deals with the Governments. London gained greater devolved powers following the establishment of an assembly in 2000.

Each devolution deal involves its own arrangements for funding and increased responsibilities, but can include greater powers over areas including business support, planning, transport and health. London, and eight of the ten areas with newly agreed devolution deals, established directly elected mayors to oversee the implementation of new powers.

The inquiry will examine the impact of devolving increased powers in the cities and regions where deals have been agreed, and consider how any benefits can be realised in more areas of the country. It will investigate the effectiveness of the current strategy of developing bespoke deals region by region, and ask if increasing available powers without wider systemic changes would produce similar benefits. The Committee will investigate the roles of directly elected mayors, quality of scrutiny in decision making and public accountability.

Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts MP commented:

“The approach the Government has taken is to develop bespoke arrangements for different areas, both in terms of the powers devolved to them and the administrative systems to execute them. We have launched this inquiry to understand the impact of the current approach. Has tailoring devolution to each locality improved decision making, the local economy and public services?

“Most importantly, we want to discover what opportunities there are for improving outcomes across the country. Notably in areas such as transport and health where provision doesn’t match existing local government structures, but also in improving the local economy, environment and infrastructure. We will be looking to see how improved devolution can boost cities and regions, and how it can be implemented more quickly.”

Evidence received for the inquiry in the previous Parliament can be found here.

30 Nov 2021 Progress with trade negotiations View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Trade is vital to the UK economy. In 2019, the UK exported goods and services worth £689 billion and UK imports were worth £717 billion. Following EU exit, the Government is taking forward the UK’s independent international trade policy and is aiming for 80% of UK trade to be covered by Free Trade Agreements by the end of 2022.

The Committee will question senior officials the Department for International Trade and Defra on UK progress in trade negotiations, including converting existing EU trade agreements with non-EU countries into new UK agreements, as well as DIT’s progress with trade negotiations with new partners.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 12 January 2022 18:00. 

8 Nov 2021 Promoting Britain abroad View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Tourism is an economic, cultural and social asset. Although it is a devolved matter—England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London all have independent tourism bodies—all five organisations work closely with VisitBritain, the national tourism agency. VisitBritain is responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. 

In 2019, inbound tourism to the UK was worth approximately £28.4bn and in ‘usual times’ the sector as a whole employs 4 million people. However, as last year’s ‘Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors’ Report and figures released by VisitBritain highlight, tourism has taken a huge hit as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Inbound tourism spend fell to £6.2bn in 2020, a decline of 78% on 2019 results. It is currently forecast that in 2021, just £5.3bn will be spent by inbound tourists.

In June 2021, the Government announced its ’Tourism Recovery Plan’ which seeks to recover domestic overnight trip volume and spend by the end of 2022, and inbound visitor numbers and spend by the end of 2023. Other aims include building back a more resilient industry and ensuring that the sector’s recovery benefits all nations and regions.

As well as considering the recovery of the UK as a holiday destination for international travellers, the inquiry will look at how the UK promotes itself overseas, its position as a ‘soft power superpower’ and the role of culture and heritage in the UK’s position on the global stage.

26 Nov 2021 Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The aim of this inquiry is to consider the effectiveness of the UK Government’s approach to atrocity prevention, including the Government’s work in promoting dialogue and reconciliation between communities. This inquiry will use the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a case study, looking at the past and to the future.

Terms of reference: Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach

21 Jul 2021 Proposal for a draft Bereavement Benefits (Remedial) Order 2021 View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

Proposal for a draft Bereavement Benefits (Remedial) Order 2021

Inquiry

This inquiry will examine the proposed draft Remedial Order.

The Committee is interested to hear views on:

  • Does the proposed Remedial Order meet the procedural conditions for making a Remedial Order (are there compelling reasons to proceed by way of remedial order)?
  • Does the proposed Remedial Order address the legislative incompatibility with Article 14 ECHR identified in the Supreme Court case of McLaughlin and the High Court case of Jackson?
  • Would the legislation governing Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payment be compatible with Article 14 ECHR if the changes proposed in the Remedial Order were made?

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry

5 Feb 2020 Proposals for backbench debates View sample
Backbench Business Committee (Commons Select committee)

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11 May 2021 Propriety of governance in light of Greensill View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The collapse of Greensill Capital and the subsequent revelations about its relationship with government and Whitehall have raised significant concerns about the propriety of governance in this country. In light of this, PACAC is launching an inquiry into the effectiveness of rules to prevent conflicts of interest and regulation of access by current and former politicians and officials.

 

20 Sep 2021 Protecting human rights in care settings View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

This inquiry will look at human rights concerns in care settings, highlighting areas in which the human rights of patients, older people and others living with long-term disabilities, including learning disabilities and autism, are currently undermined or at risk.

The inquiry will cover people living in residential care homes, hospitals and supported housing, as well as those receiving social care services in their own homes.

It will look at:

  • What human rights issues need to be addressed in care settings, beyond the immediate concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic? 
  • How effective are providers at respecting the human rights of people under their care? 
  • How effective are regulators in protecting residents from human rights breaches and in supporting patients and residents who make complaints about their care provider? 
  • What lessons need to be learned from the pandemic to prevent breaches of human rights legislation in the future? 

Read the initial call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

Warning – Please be aware that some of the written evidence published as part of this inquiry may contain content that some readers might find distressing.

23 Feb 2021 Protecting pension savers – five years on from the Pension Freedoms: Accessing pension savings View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Protecting pension savers – five years on from the Pension Freedoms: Accessing pension savings

This inquiry is looking at how savers are prepared and protected to move from saving for retirement to using their pension savings.

This is the second of our three-part inquiry, looking at decisions make about accessing their pensions. We concluded taking evidence on our first part, pension scams, in January 2021. We are interested in:

• The options open to people when they come to access their pensions

• The advice and guidance which is available

• The information people need to make an informed choice about retirement products.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry

28 Jul 2020 Protecting pension savers – five years on from the pension freedoms: Pension scams View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is looking at how savers are prepared and protected to move from saving for retirement to using their pension savings.  

This work will be in three parts. For the first part, we’ll be looking at pension scams and what more can be done to prevent them. We are interested in finding out how common pension scams are, what happens to people who are victims of scams, and what more public bodies could do to tackle scams. 

You can find out more about the inquiry here.

The deadline for sending your views is 9 September 2020. 

Where to get help

If you have any concerns about an offer you’ve received, or about a conversation you’ve had about transferring or accessing your pension, you can check with The Pensions Advisory Service.

They can also give you advice if you’ve been a victim of a scam.

You can speak to a pension specialist at The Pensions Advisory Service on their helpline on 0800 011 3797 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm) or use their webchat service or online enquiry form at www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk

If you’ve been a victim of a scam and need support:

  • You can contact Victim Support or Think Jessica if a scam has made you feel anxious, fearful or guilty. They provide emotional and practical help to victims of crimes and scams.
  • You can contact the 24-hour Samaritans helpline on 116 123 if you feel low or anxious and need someone to talk to.
  • You can contact Citizens Advice if you’re having trouble paying your bills and are worried about what to do.

 

15 Dec 2021 Protecting pension savers – five years on from the pension freedoms: Saving for later life View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
2 Feb 2022

This inquiry is looking at saving for later life and what more needs to be done to help people plan and save for retirement.

We are interested in:

  • Whether households in the UK have enough pension savings for retirement
  • What advice and guidance people need when saving for retirement
  • What the Government should be doing to support self-employed people to save for retirement
  • What the Government could be doing to close the gender pension gap

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
27 Jan 2021 Quantitative Easing View sample
Economic Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee will examine Quantitative Easing in the context of the Bank of England’s operational independence, its accountability and the transparency of its decision-making. The Committee will also examine the economic effects of Quantitative Easing, what risks are entailed, its distributional impacts and the future of the programme.

R (19)

Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
21 Sep 2021 Reducing the backlog in criminal courts View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a growing backlog of cases waiting to be tried in the criminal courts system. During the first national lockdown, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) closed some court buildings, and suspended all jury trials. Since then, courts have reopened, but national guidelines for social distancing mean a reduced number of hearings can be held, and the backlog has steadily increased.

This backlog has had significant impacts on defendants, some of whom are held in custody on remand, and on victims and witnesses, many of whom are waiting months and years to have even extremely serious cases heard.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HMCTS are implementing a COVID-19 recovery programme to tackle the growing backlog. These efforts will have impacts across the whole criminal justice system.

The Committee will question senior officials at the MoJ and HMCTS on how they are managing the criminal case backlog, including their understanding of demand and capacity in the criminal courts, the effectiveness of their COVID-19 recovery programme, and their work across the criminal justice system to understand and plan for demand which is expected to increase further as thousands of new police officers are recruited.

If you have evidence on these issues, submit it here by Monday 6 December 2021.

28 Oct 2020 Reform of the Gender Recognition Act View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Government has published its proposals for changes to the gender recognition process and set out how it plans to move forward. The Women and Equalities Committee will examine these proposals, gathering evidence on whether the Government’s proposed changes are the right ones and whether they go far enough.

This inquiry will explore what changes, if any, should be made to the existing legislation, in order for current legislation to improve transgender equality. 

The written evidence published as part of this inquiry will be used to inform the work of the Committee. Publication of written evidence does not equate to an endorsement of the views it contains by the Committee.

24 Jul 2020 Reforming public transport after the pandemic View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The longer-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the UK’s public transport are to be examined by the Transport Committee. From the first weeks of lockdown, the Transport Committee has charted the impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s key transport sectors.  Transport workers, stakeholders, mayors and ministers working in aviation, local transport, freight and maritime described the immediate pressures they faced during an unprecedented period of profound upheaval. This inquiry will take a holistic look at how public transport is changing and the implications for current government strategies including the Williams Rail Review, bus strategy, walking and cycling, taxis and private hire vehicles. 

The deadline for submission is Thursday 24 September 2020.

Read the inquiry launch news story

 

8 Dec 2021 Regulation of private renting View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
24 Jan 2022

The number of people living in private rented accommodation has doubled in the last 20 years, and there are now an estimated 4.4 million privately rented households in England, with rents outside London increasing at the fastest rate on record in 2021. While most tenants have a good experience of renting, those who do not can end up with serious illness, financial issues or homelessness.  

DLUHC sets the overall policy and regulatory framework for renting and aims to ensure the sector is fair for tenants. 

Local authorities are responsible for regulating the sector and protecting tenants by ensuring landlords and agents comply with relevant obligations. DLUHC is currently developing reforms in this area, focusing on security and quality of private renting. 

The Committee will question residential rental sector stakeholders and senior officials at DLUHC on the extent to which the regulation of private renting in England is fair for renters. It will cover: 

  • Whether DLUHC has a clear regulatory strategy to meet its aims, based on a good understanding of problems for private renters;  
  • whether the regulatory regime, including oversight by DLUHC, incentivises and supports landlords to treat tenants fairly and comply with regulations; and  
  • The extent to which consumers are empowered to enforce their rights when things go wrong, and whether regulatory interventions are targeted at those in most need.  

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 24 January 2022  

7 Jan 2022 Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
18 Feb 2022

The role that culture might play in delivering a Government commitment to level up the country is the focus of a new inquiry launched today, Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda.

The DCMS Committee’s inquiry will consider funding for cultural initiatives and how well the current model ensures that distribution goes to areas that might be missing out.

MPs will also explore how harnessing local creative talent and businesses could help bring back footfall to high streets and town centres, enlivening commercial buildings and protecting them against closure.

19 Mar 2021 Renewable energy in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

We have launched an inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland just months before the world descends on Glasgow for November’s COP26 UN Climate Conference.

This inquiry is likely to examine: 

  • how ‘net-zero’ targets can be met by development of renewable energy in Scotland;
  • the technologies that would best serve Scotland and how challenges in their development can be overcome;
  • employment potential of renewables in Scotland and how a ‘just transition’ for oil and gas workers can be achieved; and
  • how the UK and Scottish Governments can work together to reach their green goals.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

22 Jul 2021 Reproducibility and research integrity View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

As the UK seeks to recover from the pandemic, research and innovation has the ability to drive economic growth, with UKRI estimating that every £1 spent on research and development delivers £7 in economic and social benefit. However, the integrity of research, especially medical and social science research, is at risk from what is known as the ‘reproducibility crisis’ (i.e. it being very difficult or impossible to replicate a scientific study).

As early as 2005, the issue of reproducibility was identified in Ioannidis’ paper, ‘Why Most Published Research Findings Are False,’ and since then a large number of surveys or replication studies have been conducted that show the prominence of the issue.

So far, Government policy has focused on the overall theme of ‘Research Integrity,’ including asking UKRI to establish a national research integrity committee as recommended by our predecessor Committee, but the specific issue of reproducible research has been overlooked.

28 Apr 2020 Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales View sample
Welsh Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Welsh Affairs Committee holds a regular series of evidence sessions, during the year, with the Secretary of State for Wales about his responsibilities and the work of the UK Government in Wales.

25 Mar 2021 Revision of the Cabinet Manual View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Cabinet Manual was first published in 2011 and provides authoritative guidance to ministers and officials by recording (rather than prescribing) rules and practice relating to the operation of government.

The Manual is not intended to be a fixed text and is expected to adapt to legislative and constitutional developments. Since the Manual’s publication there have been significant developments in relation to Brexit, the devolution arrangements and the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Constitution Committee is exploring whether the Manual needs to be updated and what role it should play as a public facing document.

9 Nov 2020 RIIO 2: Energy network price controls View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

9 Nov 2020 RIIO2: Energy network price controls View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

15 Oct 2020 Risk Assessment and Risk Planning View sample
Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee is appointed to consider risk assessment and risk planning in the context of?disruptive national hazards

27 Oct 2021 Road freight View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Transport Committee is examining road freight. The Committee's objectives are to explore the immediate and systemic challenges to the effective operation of the road freight supply chain and to assess the effectiveness of the Government’s policies to meet them.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this inquiry.

27 Oct 2021 Road freight supply chain View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Transport Committee is examining road freight. The Committee's objectives are to explore the immediate and systemic challenges to the effective operation of the road freight supply chain and to assess the effectiveness of the Government’s policies to meet them.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this inquiry.

13 Oct 2021 Road pricing View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

We launched an inquiry into road pricing in December 2020 to explore several issues:

  • The case for introducing some form of road pricing and the economic, fiscal, environmental and social impacts of doing so;
  • Which particular road pricing or pay-as-you-drive schemes would be most appropriate for the UK context and the practicalities of implementing such schemes;
  • The level of public support for road pricing and how the views of the public need to be considered in the development of any road pricing scheme;
  • The lessons to be learned from other countries who are seeking to decarbonise road transport and/or utilise forms of road pricing.

We published the written evidence we received and held a first oral evidence session earlier this year. We plan to take further oral evidence in Autumn 2021.

3 Mar 2021 Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Committee is investigating the role of battery and fuel cell technologies in achieving the UK’s ambition to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The work will consider the use of these technologies in transport, and also in other sectors such as power grids, agricultural machinery and heat production. The Committee has issued a call for written evidence, and will be taking oral evidence in spring 2021.

16 Nov 2021 Rural mental health View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Improving the quality of mental health provision has been an increasing priority for the Government and the NHS in recent years. The NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January 2019 sets out the NHS’s aim to advancing mental health equalities, and commits it to providing an additional 380,000 people per year with access to adult psychological therapies by 2023/24.

Mental health support is often concentrated in areas of high population and access to services in rural and remote communities can be limited to a lack of facilities and other factors, such as limited public transport. It’s been argued that the low visibility of mental health service in these communities can lead to culture of self-reliance which can prevent people from seeking support earlier, instead only seeking support when they have already reached ‘crisis’ stage. The quality of mental health support in rural areas are in response to “shocks” – such a flood and animal culls - has also been raised the Committees inquiries into other topics.

Farming and other agricultural related professions are known to face particular mental health challenges, with higher than average rates of depression and suicide. The Farm Safety Foundation reporting that that one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide whilst research by Edinburgh University has shown that the rate of suicide in the veterinary profession is at least three times that of the general population. According to the Farm Safety Foundation, 81% of farmers under 40 believe that mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today and 92% believe that promoting good mental health is “crucial” if lives are to be saved and farmers kept safe.

We understand that the issues raised in this work may be sensitive or upsetting and the following organisations may be able to offer support or further information: 

Samaritans – General support for everyone.

Call 116 123 - 24 hours a day, every day 

Email jo@samaritans.org

Mind – for information, advice, and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Call: 0300 123 3393.

Citizens Advice - For independent, free advice provided by a network of charities online, over the phone and in person on a wide variety of issues including benefits, work, debt, housing, family and immigration.

Adviceline is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Adviceline (England): 0800 144 8848

 

14 Apr 2021 Russia and Ukraine border tensions View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to examine the extent of Russian military build-up along the border of Eastern Ukraine over recent months. This session will focus on Russia’s military intentions and what the UK Government and NATO can do to de-escalate tension in the region.

18 Jan 2022 Russia-Ukraine Crisis View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Defence Committee is holding an evidence session to respond to the latest events surrounding Russia's military build-up on the border with Ukraine. The session will cover Russia’s actions, tactics and intentions; the security talks between the US, NATO, OSCE and Russia; the cyber-attack on Ukrainian Government websites; and the announcement from the Defence Secretary that the UK will provide a new security assistance package to increase Ukraine’s defensive capabilities by supplying Ukraine with light, anti-armour defensive weapons systems.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
11 May 2019 Select Committees and Contempts View sample
Committee of Privileges (Commons Select committee)

The Committee of Privileges has resumed this long-standing inquiry into select committee powers and contempts. Back in 2016 the matter of “the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempt” was referred to the Committee of Privileges. The Committee’s inquiry is assessing different options for enforcing the House’s powers to summon witnesses and call for production of documents. This includes reviewing the House’s available sanctions in cases of non-compliance by witnesses and other contempts.

13 Jun 2019 Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry View sample
Gambling Industry Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

27 May 2021 Space Defence View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

Space is fundamental to modern warfare and security. It is now recognised as a military domain in its own right, with space-based assets playing an essential role in supporting operations. The Committee will examine the Government’s approach to developing and protecting the UK’s defence space capabilities, and is particularly interested to receive evidence on the issues set out in the call for evidence.

 

 

9 Dec 2021 Spiking View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of the Committee’s overarching work into violence against women and girls, the Committee wishes to explore the incidence of spiking at nightclubs and pubs, festivals and private house parties.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this work.

As part of this inquiry, the Committee has also launched a public survey to give individuals who have experienced or witnessed these incidents the opportunity to explain what happened and what support was provided following the incident, including what happened if the incident was reported. You can also share why you might have chosen not to report an incident. You can complete this survey here until 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

 

12 Jan 2022 Supporting local economic growth View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
23 Feb 2022

Successive governments have tried to address regional economic disparities and raise productivity through a range of interventions, such as the £12 billion government committed to the Local Growth Fund between 2015-16 and 2020-21.

In the 2020 Spending Review, and 2021 Budget, government reiterated its intention to “level up opportunity across all regions of the UK” through a series of measures for supporting local economic growth.

These include the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (which will replace EU funding for economic development), the creation of eight new Freeports in England, and the continuation of the Towns Fund.

The government has also announced its ambition to “build back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic, and create growth throughout the UK, with no region left behind.  

The Committee will question senior officials at DLUHC, HM Treasury, BEIS and DfT on what government has learned and applied from previous local growth programmes. It will examine:

  • whether government understands what has been effective in supporting local economic growth;
  • whether current plans for supporting local economic recovery apply lessons learned from previous programmes; and
  • whether government is putting in place effective plans for monitoring, overseeing and evaluating its new local growth interventions.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 23 February 2022 18:00.

8 Jul 2020 Supporting our high streets after COVID-19 View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to examine how high streets can survive the economic and social consequences of Covid-19.

In their report published last year, the Committee highlighted the challenges facing high streets and town centres due to strong competition from online competitors, an unfair taxation regime and the fragmented ownership of commercial properties. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a further burden on shops and businesses, with non-essential businesses having to close, and others having to adapt to continue operating during lockdown. As the country emerges from lockdown, businesses face the challenge of providing services in a manner that will ensure the health of customers and staff is not endangered, while at the same time being able to operate at a profit or simply break even.

The inquiry will examine the long-term consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak on the future of the high street. It is interested in how government, at all levels, can mitigate the economic and social impact and develop policies to ensure high streets remain the centre of local communities. The Committee will look at the impact of existing measures to support the high street, including the business rate holiday, as well as the broader role of taxation in enabling high street businesses to remain viable.

12 May 2021 Supporting those with dementia and their carers View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

Many of those living with dementia and their carers rely on support from the social care system. However, those living with dementia can face catastrophic costs, the system can be difficult to navigate and many are left unable to access the care they require.

 

This short inquiry will consider how the social care system is supporting those living with dementia. It will build on work from the Committee’s recent inquiry into Social Care: fund and workforce to further consider what changes must be made in the long awaited reform of the social care system to support those with dementia.

 

The inquiry will be held over two sessions. The first will explore the experiences of those living with dementia, the support currently available and what good care should look like.  The second will consider the Government’s commitment to ensuring all those living with dementia care are able to live well.

25 Mar 2021 Sustainability of the built environment View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the sustainability of the built environment. It will look at the best routes to net zero for our future building needs from low carbon materials through to policies to minimise the whole life carbon impact of new buildings.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
14 May 2020 Tackling Online Abuse View sample
Petitions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Petitions Committee has launched an inquiry into tackling online abuse, to consider issues raised in a number of petitions from the last Parliament and to follow up on the Committee’s previous inquiry into online abuse and the experiences of disabled people. The Committee’s inquiry comes as people are spending more time online due to social distancing, and in the wake of the Government’s white paper on online harms, which was published in February.

17 Jul 2020 Tax after coronavirus View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Treasury Committee is today launching a new inquiry today called ‘Tax after coronavirus’.

The reconstruction of the economy after the unprecedented economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for the Committee to examine the tax system.

The Committee will look at what the major long-term pressures on the UK tax system are, what more the UK can do to protect its tax base from globalisation and technological change, and whether such pressures should be met with tax reform.

The Committee will also seek evidence on what overall level of taxation the economy can bear, the role of tax reliefs in rebuilding the economy, and whether there is a role for windfall taxes in the post-coronavirus world.

8 Mar 2021 Tech and the future of UK foreign policy View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will focus on how the FCDO should be supporting the UK’s response to the opportunities and challenges presented by new and emerging technologies, including through new forms of diplomatic engagement and building globally shared understandings of standards, rules and norms for the responsible development and use of new technologies.

 

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry

19 Feb 2021 Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Community Energy View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is conducting an overarching inquiry looking at technological innovations which could contribute to tackling climate change. Each part of the inquiry looks at a specific technology or strategy currently in use or in development and considers its potential and how Government policy can facilitate the UK making the best and most cost-effective use of that technology.

This session considers the role of community energy projects (schemes that are wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners) in the UK’s energy sector. This inquiry is an opportunity to highlight UK-based examples of innovation and excellence, and the Committee is particularly keen to hear from those at the cutting edge of each sector.

28 Sep 2021 Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Negative Emissions Technologies View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is conducting an overarching inquiry looking at technological innovations which could contribute to tackling climate change. The next aspect of the inquiry will look at Negative Emissions Technologies.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

4 May 2021 Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Supply Chain for Battery Electric Vehicles View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is conducting an overarching inquiry looking at technological innovations which could contribute to tackling climate change. Each part of the inquiry will look at a specific technology or strategy currently in use or in development and consider its potential and how Government policy can facilitate the UK making the best and most cost-effective use of that technology.

This inquiry will be an opportunity to highlight UK-based examples of innovation and excellence, and the Committee is particularly keen to hear from those at the cutting edge of each sector.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

2 Jan 2020 Test Inquiry View sample
Fourteenth Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

5 Feb 2020 The Andrey Lugvoy and Dmitri Kovtun Freezing Order 2020 View sample
First Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

11 Jun 2021 The Benefits System in Wales View sample
Welsh Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Welsh Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry examining the benefits system in Wales. The new inquiry comes following a period of unprecedented challenge for the benefits system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

29 Jun 2021 The Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Clearing House View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the Cabinet Office’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

11 Nov 2020 The contribution of innovation Catapults to delivering the R&D Roadmap View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

The Committee will investigate the contribution of the UK’s innovation Catapults to delivering the UK’s Research and Development Roadmap, including their role in stimulating long-term private investment and supporting new innovation tie-ups. The Committee will be taking oral evidence in December and early January, and will publish a report shortly afterwards. The Committee is not issuing a call for written evidence submissions. Please contact HLScience@parliament.uk for further information about the inquiry.

7 Jul 2020 The Coroner Service View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 introduced changes to the Coroner Service including the appointment of the Chief Coroner. These changes were implemented in 2013. The Ministry of Justice reviewed the Act’s effectiveness in 2015, but it has not published the result. 

The Committee’s inquiry will examine the effectiveness and capacity of the Coroner Service and whether enough progress has been made since the 2009 changes in improving bereaved people’s experience of the Coroner Service.

The deadline for written evidence is 2 September 2020

16 Jun 2021 The draft Financial Markets and Insolvency (Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 View sample
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

16 Sep 2020 The draft International Monetary Fund (Limit on Lending) Order 2020 View sample
Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

5 Feb 2020 The draft Northamptonshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019 View sample
Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

21 Jul 2021 The economic and cultural impacts of trade and environmental policy on family farms in Wales View sample
Welsh Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Welsh Affairs Committee is conducting a short inquiry to explore the impact of major policy changes (particularly, but not exclusively, international trade and climate change) on family farms in Wales.  

6 Feb 2020 The economics of Universal Credit View sample
Economic Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

This inquiry investigates the economic impacts of Universal Credit. The inquiry will investigate whether Universal Credit is meeting its original objectives, whether the policy assumptions reflected in its design are appropriate for different groups of claimants and the extent to which Universal Credit meets the needs of claimants in today's labour market and changing world of work. The Committee will make recommendations to the Government.

The inquiry is accepting written submissions until 29 February 2020. Please see the call for evidence.

20 Jul 2021 The Elections Bill View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched an inquiry to examine all aspects of the Elections Bill.

22 Sep 2020 The Evolution of Devolution: English Devolution View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Devolution has become an established part of the UK constitutional architecture, but while legislative and executive devolution has been established and evolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there has been no equivalent devolution in England, creating asymmetry in the UK governance arrangements.  Since 2014, there have been a number of initiatives to “devolve” power within England: ten combined authorities have now successfully negotiated bespoke “devolution” deals, but this has only added to the complexity of English local government. The Government has committed to publishing an English Devolution White Paper in 2020, setting out its “plans for full devolution across England”.

19 Apr 2021 The experience of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Data from the Northern Ireland Census 2011 illustrates that 1.8% (32,400) of the population belonged to non-white minority ethnic groups; and 2% (35,700) had been born in the 12 countries that had joined the EU since 2004. Northern Ireland was the least ethnically diverse region in the UK.

Since then, trends in people’s attitudes towards minority ethnic and migrant people, and levels of racist incidents and crimes, have fluctuated. Some 30 per cent of people believed that racial prejudice was increasing in 2019, compared with 49 per cent in 2016 and 2017; 24 per cent believed it was decreasing in 2019, compared with 11 per cent in 2016.

Racist hate crimes and racist incidents reported to police went up slightly in 2018-19, but there has been a general downward pattern since 2015. During this period, however, only a relatively low level of racially motivated crimes resulted in a prosecution or warning.

In 2016 the Council of Europe reported that individuals in Northern Ireland had a lower level of protection against racial discrimination than people in other parts of the United Kingdom.

Inequality and segregation in the employment market have been noted as key obstacles to moving out of poverty for minority ethnic groups in Northern Ireland, including people from Black communities and those from post-2004 EU accession countries. Difficulties have also been identified for those individuals in accessing suitable and adequate housing, healthcare and benefit services. But there is limited evidence on their health outcomes.

The European Union Settlement Scheme is designed for all European Union, European Economic Area, and Swiss citizens who wish to continue to live in Britain. Based on the recent figures, until the end of December, a total of 72,610 persons filed an application for this program in Northern Ireland. About 97 per cent of those applicants were given settled or pre-settled status.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry to investigate the experience of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland.

19 Apr 2021 The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Data from the Northern Ireland Census 2011 illustrates that 1.8% (32,400) of the population belonged to non-white minority ethnic groups; and 2% (35,700) had been born in the 12 countries that had joined the EU since 2004. Northern Ireland was the least ethnically diverse region in the UK. 

Since then, trends in people’s attitudes towards minority ethnic and migrant people, and levels of racist incidents and crimes, have fluctuated. Some 30 per cent of people believed that racial prejudice was increasing in 2019, compared with 49 per cent in 2016 and 2017; 24 per cent believed it was decreasing in 2019, compared with 11 per cent in 2016.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry to investigate and explore the experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people and communities in Northern Ireland today.

Read the full terms of reference here, and the evidence heard so far under the 'publications' tab below.

20 Mar 2020 The FCO and the Integrated Review View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

When the Government announced the ‘Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and development’ in February 2020, it was described as the largest foreign-policy review since the Cold War: examining the UK’s objectives abroad, and aiming to establish the country as a “problem-solving and burden-sharing nation”. The Review, according to the Government, will consider the UK’s strategic aims, its capabilities, the role of its allies, and the “necessary reforms” to the “systems and structures” of UK Government Departments.

But the Government initially announced few details about the Review process, what strategic questions drive it, or how resources will be allocated to match the UK’s ambitions. This inquiry will examine the FCO’s contribution to the Review process, and ask what role and resources the Review should give to the FCO for UK foreign-policy strategy.

7 Apr 2020 The FCO’s role in blocking foreign asset stripping in the UK View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine how the FCO assesses whether a potentially hostile party is seeking to secure significant influence or control over a UK company and in what circumstances the FCO should intervene.

The Committee will also focus on what safeguards are required in the forthcoming National Security and Investment Bill to ensure that the FCO has a full role in the decision-making process in relation to interventions.

13 Aug 2021 The future of Channel 4 View sample
Communications and Digital Committee (Lords Select committee)

Since its launch in 1982, Channel 4 has been in public ownership. However, the Government is consulting on a possible privatisation of the broadcaster. This inquiry, building on the Committee’s previous work on Channel 4 and public service broadcasters, will examine the case for privatisation and possible changes to the remit and regulation of Channel 4.

16 Nov 2021 The future of General Practice View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to explore the future of NHS general practice, examining the key challenges facing general practice over the next five years as well as the biggest current and ongoing barriers to access to general practice. 

 

General practice has seen significant changes in recent years, such as the development of Primary Care Networks, and during the pandemic the way in which many patients interact with their local practice has changed substantially. This inquiry will explore specific issues including regional variation in general practice, the general practice workload, and the partnership model of general practice.  

 

Written evidence should be no more than 3,000 words.  Guidance on submitting written evidence is available here

7 Sep 2020 The Future of Legal Aid View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Justice Committee is conducting an inquiry into the future of legal aid. The legal aid system in England and Wales was fundamentally changed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Since then there have been a number of legislative changes and post-legislative reviews of LASPO. The Justice Committee examined the changes to civil legal aid in 2014 and the changes to criminal legal aid in 2018. This inquiry aims to look ahead to the future of legal aid, to identify the major challenges facing clients and providers and how they might be tackled. The inquiry is especially keen to hear about the sustainability of the legal aid market, the impact of Covid-19 and the increasing reliance on digital technology to deliver legal advice and court services.

23 Nov 2021 The future of post-16 qualifications View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Education Committee will hold an inquiry examining how effectively post-16, level 3 education and qualifications (such as A Levels, T Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships) prepare young people for the world of work. The Committee will consider the Government’s current work and proposals in this area and look at whether an alternative model, which enables a greater blend of academic and vocational pathways, should be explored. 

The Government has several proposals underway on post-16 qualifications: 

  • Level 3 qualification reform: The Government has responded to its consultation on reforming level 3 qualifications, with a policy statement published in July 2021. This sets out a timeline for reforms to level 3 qualifications, which includes defunding from technical qualifications that overlap with T Levels 
  • The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 15 November 
  • The further rollout of T Levels The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the impact of these changes and whether existing and proposed arrangements go far enough to prepare young people for the world of work.

The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the impact of these changes and whether existing and proposed arrangements go far enough to prepare young people for the world of work. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

8 Oct 2020 The future of the planning system in England View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

In a White Paper, the Government has set out significant changes to streamline the planning system. Proposals include simplified designations for land usage, including automatic permission in principle for development in some areas, greater use of digital technology in the planning process and a National Design Guide to ensure “high quality development” that reflects “local character and preferences”.

The Committee’s inquiry will build on their previous report on land value capture in 2018. The Climate Assembly jointly commissioned by the Committee made recommendations on local decision-making and the planning system. Both of these will feed into this inquiry.

The inquiry will examine how well the proposed reforms would support the Government’s wider building strategy, including its target to build 300,000 new homes a year, as well as ensuring high quality construction that is fit for purpose. It will also examine how well the new proposals protect existing buildings or localities, and provide mechanisms for local engagement in the planning system.

20 Jul 2020 The future of the Probation Service View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

Probation services have gone through substantial change in the past five years.

After the financial failure and withdrawal of several CRC providers, the MoJ decided to end CRC contracts 14 months early (during this year) and to return to having a single national probation service for all offenders, but with some services still contracted out to private, voluntary or statutory providers. 

On 11 June 2020, The Lord Chancellor announced that the competitive process for Probation Delivery Partner contracts would be ended, and instead these elements of probation delivery would be brought back under the control of the NPS. The new model of probation is due to go live in June 2021.

The Committee’s inquiry will examine the proposed model for the new probation service and seek views on how well the proposed model addresses the problems identified in the past.

Additionally, the Committee will seek to understand the effect Covid-19 has had on the delivery of probation services and what the potential impact may be going forward into the next phase of the Probation Reform Programme.

The deadline for written evidence is 7 September 2020.

13 Mar 2020 The Government's response to Coronavirus View sample
Petitions Committee (Commons Select committee)

As a result of the large numbers of petitions people have started on this issue, the Petitions Committee is questioning the Government about its response to the coronavirus to answer petitioner’s most common questions and concerns.

30 Nov 2020 The Government's response to covid-19: human rights implications of long lockdown View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

In order to seek to control the impact of Covid-19, the Government has introduced successive restrictive measures, with varying degrees of severity, both nationally and locally. The impact of these measures has been widely felt, and some groups have been more affected than others.

As part of the ongoing work into the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Joint Committee on Human Rights is examining the impact of lockdown restrictions on human rights and whether those measures only interfere with human rights to the extent that is necessary and proportionate. In particular, we are interested in the impact of long lockdown on certain communities.

29 Nov 2021 The Government’s Catch-up programme View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will focus on the educational experiences of children and young people from a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller background.

It will examine the educational challenges faced by these groups and will also examine the effectiveness of the Government’s recent £1 million education programme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children which will focus on attainment, exclusion rates, and employment outcomes.

 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

 

21 Jan 2021 The Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The Government have set up an independent panel to review the operation of the Human Rights Act. 

In this short inquiry, we are seeking views to help inform its response to the independent review and its outcome. We will submit written evidence to the inquiry, but our own inquiry will continue to run alongside the Independent Review. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

19 Mar 2020 The Government’s response to Covid-19: human rights implications View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has announced measures which aim to protect individuals’ right to life (Article 2 ECHR) and further steps will need to be taken over the coming days, weeks and months. Amongst other measures, it is expected that the Government will introduce emergency legislation on Thursday giving it new powers which are intended to help in containing and coping with the pandemic in the UK.

As this situation develops the UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee will seek to examine the Government’s actions to ensure that its approach is compliant with human rights – not least the right to life (Article 2 ECHR). While it is likely that steps will need to be taken that interfere with human rights, for example the right to liberty (Article 5 ECHR) and the right to respect for family life (Article 8 ECHR), this must be done in a way that is proportionate.

The impact of these measures will be widely felt, and some groups will be affected more than others.

 

1 Dec 2021 The impact of body image on physical and mental health View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs will examine the relationship between people’s perception of their body image and their physical and mental health. They will consider how far people’s perception of body image can hinder access to NHS services and whether NHS training and Government messaging should be altered.  

13 Mar 2020 The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

21 Jun 2021 The institutional framework of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation agreement View sample
European Scrutiny Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is looking into the role, responsibilities and powers of the new joint UK/EU bodies established by the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), and the approach taken by the UK Government and the EU to representing their interests within them. We will look to:

  • determine the powers and responsibilities of the individual elements of the TCA’s institutional framework and identify the most important formal powers that these bodies have (e.g. to make specified amendments or supplementary changes to the TCA);
  • describe the transparency requirements around the joint UK/EU bodies as set out in the TCA;
  • assess the UK and EU’s respective approaches to representing their interests in the joint bodies; and
  • consider how the work of these joint bodies may affect the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

2 Nov 2021 The Integrated Review and the related Defence strategies View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is examining the defence task and capability commitments in the Integrated Review, the Defence in a Competitive Age paper and the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy. The Committee intends to evaluate how effective the commitments will be in responding to the threats to the UK and how the Government will implement those commitments.

20 Apr 2021 The long-term impact of the pandemic on parents and families View sample
COVID-19 Committee (Lords Select committee)

The combination of school closures, reduced opportunities for social and leisure activities outside of the home and, for some, home working or furlough has meant that for many people the last year has been an intense period of spending much more time inside the home with immediate family. People’s experiences have varied greatly depending on their personal circumstances: while there have been positive aspects of this for some, others have found themselves trapped in unsuitable accommodation, at risk from violent family members, unable to access the services and support they normally rely on. Mothers and single parents have also been more likely to lose their jobs, and are more likely to be working in sectors at risk of further job losses, raising concerns about more families living in poverty and a greater gender divide in employment. The Committee wants to explore the potential long-term impacts of these issues on parents and families, and what action the UK Government should take to mitigate these.

24 May 2021 The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities View sample
COVID-19 Committee (Lords Select committee)

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our relationship with towns and cities, and the dynamic within those areas. This inquiry will look at the long-term impact of the pandemic on large towns and smaller cities, concentrating particularly on housing and green spaces, the changing nature of employment and public transport, and the resulting impact on inequality. The Committee will also explore the potential to develop and implement an innovative vision for the future of towns and cities, especially how we create more equal towns and cities.

5 Jun 2020 The Macpherson Report: twenty-one years on View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Home Affairs Committee has confirmed its intention to complete its predecessors’ work on The Macpherson Report:  twenty years on, and will take new evidence on policing and race including on concerns raised about the policing of the Covid-19 lockdown and reported disproportionality in fines and investigations of individuals from BME communities.

23 Apr 2021 The Navy: purpose and procurement View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine what role the Navy should expect to play over the next 20 years and whether naval procurement and support plans are delivering the capabilities required.

The inquiry will assess the threats and standing commitments the Navy is likely to face, as well as specific issues in equipment and programmes that pose a risk to the Navy’s ability to deliver planned capabilities and could threaten the Navy’s overall effectiveness.

4 Feb 2021 The philosophy and culture of aid View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee is keen to learn where the its inquiry could add the greatest value to the debate on the UK’s development strategy and broader public discussion about the culture of aid. In broad terms, the Committee is interested in why the UK gives foreign aid and what the benefits are to countries such as the UK of having an aid budget. We also want to examine some of the problems and challenges that the aid sector faces and how aid delivery can be improved.

Today we are launching a call for written evidence submissions that help us to shape the next stages of this inquiry. The deadline for written evidence is Thursday 18 March 2021. After this date we will draw up more specific terms of reference and provide details of further ways that stakeholders can get involved with this work.

Terms of Reference: The philosophy and culture of aid 

24 Sep 2020 The procedure of the House of Commons and the territorial constitution View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Procedure Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the ways in which the practice and procedure of the House of Commons engages with the United Kingdom’s territorial constitution.

10 Nov 2021 The Regulation of Social Housing View sample
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The purpose of this inquiry is to examine the quality and regulation of social housing in England and the Government’s proposals in the social housing White Paper for improving the regulatory regime.

23 Sep 2021 The right to family life: adoption of children of unmarried women 1949-1976 View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched a new inquiry to understand the experiences of unmarried women whose children were adopted between 1949 and 1976 in England and Wales. The inquiry will consider whether adoption processes respected the human rights, as we understand them now, of the mothers and children who experienced them, as well as the lasting consequences on their lives. 

The inquiry will cover a range of practices that led to the children of unmarried mothers being adopted. The scope of the inquiry will specifically cover issues arising from cases that took place during the time period between the Adoption of Children Act 1949 and the Adoption Act 1976.

It will look at:

  • Whether the right to family life of unmarried mothers and their children, as we understand it now, respected at the time?
  • How the experience of being adopted, or having a child who was adopted between 1949 and 1976 impacted the family life of the unmarried mother, child, and others?
  • How social practices at the time contributed to unmarried women not being able to keep their babies and what, if any, other reasons contributed to women feeling compelled to have their babies adopted?

Read the initial call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

In addition to calling for written evidence from people wishing to respond to the questions set out in the terms of reference, the Committee has also set up an online web survey to hear from those who have direct experience of these issues.

Content warning – Please be aware that some of the written evidence published as part of this inquiry may contain content that some readers might find distressing.

16 Dec 2021 The right to privacy: digital data View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

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28 Jan 2022

Effectively sharing data across and between Government and industry has a number of potential benefits, but there are risks to doing so too. A key issue is public trust and the need for transparency with respect to how individuals’ data is used and shared. The Government’s December 2020 National Data Strategy and its more recent draft strategy, ‘data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data’, address aspects of this. Specifically, the latter sets out an aim to “share anonymous data safely and appropriately across the entire health system”, which has raised concerns amongst patient groups and some privacy campaigners.

20 Apr 2021 The Rights of Cohabiting Partners View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Cohabiting partners make up the fastest growing type of family, with over 3.4 million partners cohabiting in England or Wales. People in romantic relationships who cohabit currently have less legal protection than those who are married or in a civil partnership in the event of death or separation. Despite this, there is a widespread perception that cohabiting partners have similar or identical rights to those who are married or in a civil partnership.

The Women and Equalities Committee will be investigating the equalities issues around cohabitation, how cohabitation rights could be strengthened and what legal protection for cohabitants could look like and how this might be introduced. We want to hear from a range of people and organisations on how the rights of cohabiting partners can be strengthened and what legal reform is necessary to provide further protection.

This inquiry will focus on the rights of those in romantic relationships who live together, otherwise known as cohabiting partners or couples.

If you require additional support or advice on the current rights of cohabiting partners, you may wish to contact Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.

Committees of the House of Commons are not able to take up individual cases but if you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local MP.

4 Dec 2020 The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

A key component of the Government's recently announced ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ is 'Driving the Growth of Low Carbon Hydrogen'. The plan outlined a range of measures to support the development and adoption of hydrogen, including a £240 million 'Net Zero Hydrogen Fund'. Noting this, and the further £81 million allocated for hydrogen heating trials in the 2020 Spending Review, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is today launching a new inquiry into the role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero.  

Following recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change that the Government develop a strategy for hydrogen use and should aim for largescale hydrogen trials to begin in the early 2020s, the Committee seeks to ensure that the Government's intended plan will be suitable and effective. The Committee will also assess the infrastructure required for hydrogen as a Net Zero fuel, and examine progress made so far internationally to determine the viability of hydrogen as a significant contributor to achieving Net Zero. 

 

 Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, said: 

"Hydrogen may have a big role to play in achieving Net Zero. Its potential provides an important opportunity for UK science and industry to develop and apply the technologies that will support its usefrom the production of hydrogen without contributing to CO2 emissions to its use across the economy.  Our inquiry will establish what needs to be done for the UK to play a leading global role in the development and deployment of hydrogen technologies, making use of our strengths and depth of experience in science, engineering and innovation."  

 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

16 Feb 2021 The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability View sample
Public Services Committee (Lords Select committee)

Our second major inquiry, ‘The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability’ will ask whether reforming public services can address the growing problem of child vulnerability. The inquiry will cover how public services support mothers and families during pregnancy, and how they support children in their early years and school years.

24 Jul 2020 The role of technology, research and innovation in the COVID-19 recovery View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

In addition to its health impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted economic activity, with the OECD estimating that the initial impact on the UK has been a reduction in GDP of more than 25% since the end of March. Research and innovation activity has been affected, with the Campaign for Science and Engineering reporting financial and logistical difficulties for academic institutes, medical research charities and businesses.

This is particularly important given the ability of research and innovation to drive economic growth as the UK seeks to recover from the pandemic, with UKRI having previously estimated that every £1 spent on research and development delivers £7 in economic and social benefit.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, as well as the support that the sector itself requires to recover from the pandemic.

11 Jan 2022 The role of the CJEU in relation to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland View sample
Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is conducting a short inquiry into the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in relation to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. The Committee will examine the UK Government’s proposals for new institutional and dispute resolution arrangements underpinning the Protocol, as set out in its July 2021 Command Paper on Northern Ireland Protocol: the way forward, and the EU’s response.

13 Jan 2021 The role of the GEO: embedding equalities across Government View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will examine how the Government Equalities Office (GEO) is delivering on its responsibilities, which are:

- improving equality and reducing discrimination and disadvantage for all in the UK;

- taking the lead on the Equality Act 2010 and being the lead department on gender, and LGB&T issues in government including the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and Civil Partnership Act 2004;

- supporting and implementing international equality measures in the UK, including the UK’s international commitments. The inquiry will consider the organisational structure and functioning of the GEO and assess the effectiveness of the role of the Minister for Women and Equalities.

The inquiry will explore cross-cutting Government equalities strategies and consider recommendations for change to embed equalities across Government.

26 Feb 2021 The roll-out and safety of smart motorways View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will look at the safety of smart motorways and public confidence in their use as well as their impact upon congestion.

Concerns about the safety of smart motorways have been emphasised recently with a number of fatalities on them and criticism by coroners investigating those deaths.

In 2020, the Department for Transport published an evidence review of smart motorway safety. This concluded that “in most ways, smart motorways are as safe as, or safer than, conventional motorways”, and made pledges to improve their safety.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry.

7 May 2020 The science of COVID-19 View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

This inquiry will investigate the scientific and technological aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, its transmission and spread, the development of vaccines and treatments, and how digital technologies can be used for tracking and modelling. The inquiry aims to help Government and society learn from the pandemic and better prepare for future epidemics.

25 Mar 2021 The Scrutiny of International Treaties and other international agreements in the 21st century View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is conducting an inquiry into how treaties and other international arrangements (such as Memorandums of Understanding) could be effectively scrutinised in the UK, now that the UK has left the EU. Our particular focus is on the House of Commons.

28 May 2021 The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MoD’s Ancillary Services View sample
Defence Sub-Committee (Commons Select committee)

The National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 pledged to reform the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to make it “leaner and more efficient”. The Review said that the Government would outsource key functions of the MOD to the private sector whereby reducing the number of civilians employed.

Successive Governments have continued this policy with facilities management companies such as Serco, Sodexo and Capita now providing the MOD with support in areas such as Guard Services, Fire and Rescue Services and catering.

The Committee will inquire into the provision of these services by companies and explore whether outsourcing has damaged perceptions of a wider ‘defence family’ by unfairly treating contracted staff.

12 Jul 2021 The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MoD’s Ancillary Services View sample
Defence Sub-Committee (Commons Select committee)

The National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 pledged to reform the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to make it “leaner and more efficient”. The Review said that the Government would outsource key functions of the MOD to the private sector whereby reducing the number of civilians employed.

Successive Governments have continued this policy with facilities management companies such as Serco, Sodexo and Capita now providing the MOD with support in areas such as Guard Services, Fire and Rescue Services and catering.

The Committee will inquire into the provision of these services by companies and explore whether outsourcing has damaged perceptions of a wider ‘defence family’ by unfairly treating contracted staff.

24 Jul 2020 The UK and Afghanistan View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee’s inquiry will explore the UK’s diplomatic, military and aid strategy for Afghanistan, including scrutiny of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence. It will consider the UK’s work with international partners such as the US, NATO, and the Afghan government. It will also consider the regional dynamics of instability in Afghanistan, the implementation of the agreement between the US and the Taliban for the withdrawal of foreign troops, and prospects for negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

 

11 Nov 2020 The UK's future relationship with the EU View sample
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (Commons Select committee)

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1 Feb 2021 The UK’s new relationship with the EU View sample
European Scrutiny Committee (Commons Select committee)

The European Scrutiny Committee is considering the UK’s new relationship with the EU. The end of the post-Brexit transition period and the conclusion of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) mark a significant change in the UK’s relationship with the EU. The Committee is especially interested in the implementation and operation of the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement (and the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland), the TCA and the joint decision making bodies that it establishes, and the Government’s plans for facilitating Parliamentary scrutiny of future UK/EU relations.

25 Feb 2021 The UK’s security and trade relationship with China View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

The inquiry will consider the Government’s approach to China, and how this has evolved. It will examine the UK’s security interests vis-à-vis China, the UK’s partners and allies, including the Five Eyes partnership, and the UK’s diplomatic, defence and security resourcing for further engagement in China’s neighbourhood. It will also consider China’s importance as a trade partner and source of investment.

18 Nov 2020 The Windrush Compensation Scheme View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the design and implementation of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the support that is provided to individuals through the ‘Windrush Scheme: support in exceptional circumstances’ policy. It aims to understand whether these schemes are operating effectively for people who apply and whether changes are needed so that people who apply feel their applications have been considered fairly and swiftly. It would also like to know what the Home Office can do to provide better support to anyone who applies to the scheme.

4 Mar 2020 The work of the Cabinet Office View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Regular evidence sessions with Cabinet Office Ministers and Senior Officials.

22 Jun 2020 The work of the Department for International Trade View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

16 Jun 2021 The Work of the Electoral Commission View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Work of the Electoral Commission is a one-off scrutiny session covering the work of the Commission. The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up under statute to oversee elections, regulate political finance in the UK and who work to promote public confidence in the democratic process.

23 Nov 2021 The work of the Treasury View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

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26 May 2020 To consider the Bill View sample
Domestic Abuse Bill (Commons General committee)

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26 May 2020 To consider the Bill View sample
Finance Bill (Commons General committee)

No description available

3 Feb 2020 To consider the draft Electricity Supplier Obligations (Excluded Electricity) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 View sample
First Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

3 Feb 2020 To consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Public Works Loan Commissioners) Order 2019 View sample
Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

6 Dec 2021 Trade and foreign policy View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

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11 Feb 2022

Scope 

 

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published in March 2021, set out the Government’s strategy to align trade policy and foreign policy in order for the UK to achieve its strategic objectives. It also drew a direct link between trade liberalisation and the economic prosperity enjoyed by British citizens. 

The Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the relationship between trade and foreign policy. It will specifically look at the extent to which Government should further its strategic objectives through trade agreements and, if so, the areas on which it should focus. 

The Committee welcomes submissions on any of the questions in the call for evidence, by 5pm on Friday 11 February 2022.  

9 Dec 2021 Trade and the environment View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

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28 Feb 2022

Through this inquiry the Committee will scrutinise the extent to which the Government’s approach to trade reflects its net zero ambitions. 

The inquiry will examine:  

  • how the Government’s approach to trade, including free trade agreements, supports its wider environmental goals; 
  • the Government’sapproach to engagement with international forums to help create framework for an environmental trade policy; 
  • the extent to whichthe Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance consider the Government’s wider environment and climate change goals in their work and decision-making; and 
  • measuresthrough which the Government can support and develop trade in green technologies and environmentally-friendly goods and services. 

The Committee will also consider any evidence received for its COP26 and international trade inquiry that addresses the issues and terms of reference for this inquiry. 

20 Sep 2021 Trade in goods View sample
European Affairs Committee (Lords Select committee)

The House of Lords European Affairs Committee, chaired by Lord Kinnoull, has launched an inquiry into trade in goods between Great Britain (GB) and the EU. The launch of this inquiry follows the decision on 14 September 2021 by the UK Government to further delay the introduction of new import controls on goods entering GB from the EU, many of which will now not be introduced until 1 July 2022. The inquiry will also examine the overall impact to date of Brexit and the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) on GB-EU trade in goods in both directions, in the UK’s first year outside the Single Market and Customs Union.

3 Feb 2021 Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

Limited progress in improving the way autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities are treated is to be examined by the Health and Social Care Committee. 

The short inquiry will hold the first of two evidence sessions next week with particular focus on the use of restraint and “sectioning”. It will also consider issues around seclusion, taking into account criticisms regarding human rights. 

Alexis Quinn, who is diagnosed with autism and has spoken publicly of her poor experiences of being held in the secure estate, will appear before MPs at the first session. 

The inquiry will consider what the Government plans to reform mental health legislation will mean for autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities. A white paper on reforming the Mental Health Act was published last month.

1 Oct 2020 Tree Planting and Woodlands View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Government has promised a massive acceleration in the rate of tree planting to help offset greenhouse gas emissions. But questions have been raised about whether the targets are the right ones, whether the right types of trees will be planted in the right places, and whether enough is being done to protect existing woodlands.

The inquiry will examine these questions and what lessons can be learnt from the failure to meet previous tree planting ambitions in England. It will also consider how to balance the drive to plant more trees with the many other benefits for health, nature, and the economy derived from woods and forests.

 

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11 Feb 2021 UK aid to Pakistan View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

The International Development Committee has launched an inquiry examining UK aid to Pakistan. Pakistan is the top bilateral recipient of UK aid and faces a range of complex development challenges. This inquiry will explore the range of development interventions in the country, considering whether the UK’s aid spending is sufficiently targeted, effective and joined-up in its approach.

We have launched a call for written evidence submissions. The deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday 1 April 2021. Further details of the scope of the inquiry are given in the terms of reference.

Terms of Reference: UK aid to Pakistan

9 Feb 2021 UK arms exports in 2019 View sample
Committees on Arms Export Controls (Commons Select committee)

The Committees on Arms Export Controls is examining the Government’s 2019 Strategic Export Controls Annual Report (published in December 2020), with a focus on enforcement and compliance matters. This inquiry will build on issues identified during the scoping evidence sessions that CAEC has undertaken since it was re-established. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

 

9 Oct 2020 UK Emissions Trading System Common Framework View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

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30 Jul 2020 UK Export Finance View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

  1. UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the UK’s official export credit agency. It aims to support British exporters by ensuring that “no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance from the private sector, while operating at no net cost to the taxpayer.” This is done by means of “a combination of guarantees, insurance and financing (often in partnerships with banks).” UKEF is a department in its own right but is strategically aligned with the Department for International Trade and has the same ministerial team.
  2. In June 2020, UKEF published its business plan to 2024. Its delivery objectives include to provide export finance, insurance and guidance to business of all sizes in support of the Government’s Export Strategy; adapt and focus activity on sectors and countries where UKEF support will have the greatest economic benefit; and improve awareness of the support available from UKEF.
  3. In addition, UKEF has supported exporters during the COVID-19 pandemic by temporarily extending its Export Insurance Policy and it is formally launching new General Export Facility and Export Development Guarantee products shortly to further support businesses impacted by the pandemic.

1 Apr 2020 UK Freeports View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

1. Freeports are designated areas where goods can be imported without paying customs duties. Customs duty becomes payable only when the goods, possibly after processing, enter the domestic market – and none are payable if they are re-exported. They may also enjoy other tax and planning advantages and reduced bureaucracy. There are currently no freeports in the UK, after the legislation establishing their use expired in 2012 (one exists on the Isle of Man, which is a UK Crown-dependent territory).  

2. In February, the Government announced a ten-week consultation on freeports. It aims to create up to ten freeports which would have different customs rules to the rest of the country, be innovation hubs, boost global trade, attract inward investment, and increase productivity. It is seeking a model that could work for rail, sea and airports and outlined an accompanying package of proposals including tariff flexibility, simplified customs processes, tax measures, planning reforms, and targeted funding. The Government is committed to announcing locations this year so that the first freeport can be opened in 2021.  

3. This inquiry will examine: the Government’s freeport proposals; how freeports will align with the UK’s trade and investment priorities; the criteria for choosing freeports; how freeports will contribute to economic regeneration; and potential negative impacts of freeports, including how these could be mitigated. 

Submit Written Evidence 

The Committee welcomes submissions on some, or all, of the following questions by 5pm on Friday, 22 May. Submissions should be made using the UK Freeports inquiry page.  

Terms of Reference 

  • What benefits might freeports bring to the UK – and how should these be measured? 
  • What negative impacts could freeports have – and how might these be mitigated?
  • How comprehensive is the package of measures proposed by the Government in its freeport model – and what others, if any, should be considered? How should these measures be adapted for different locations?   
  • Are the proposed criteria for selecting sites to become freeports appropriate? When evaluating proposals, should greater weight be given to certain criteria? What role will the Department for International Trade play in this process? 
  • What impact could freeports have on the overall regeneration and expansion of industrial areas? Is there a risk of displacement and economic disadvantage to areas not selected – and how could this be mitigated? 
  • What can the UK learn, and what competition will it face, from established freeports around the world? 

16 Sep 2020 UK Internal Market Bill View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The inquiry will consider the constitutional implications of the UK Internal Market Bill. It will explore the implications that the Bill poses for the Rule of Law and devolution.

27 Aug 2020 UK parliamentary scrutiny of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and application of the Northern Ireland Protocol View sample
European Scrutiny Committee (Commons Select committee)

The European Scrutiny Committee is considering how effective scrutiny of the EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee (the ‘Joint Committee’) can be carried out by Parliament, in particular during the transition period and in relation to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (the ‘Protocol’).  It will also consider the related matters of interpretation, application and enforcement of the Protocol – including potential areas of dispute between the UK and EU - in light of further information from the Government as to how it intends to implement the Protocol (see, for example, the Command Paper “The UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol”).

20 Mar 2020 UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is the latest in a series of disease outbreaks that have spread internationally, presenting major challenges to communities, national governments and international institutions. 

Scientific knowledge and advice are foundational to the prevention, management and treatment of these global outbreaks, at both an international and national level. 

Once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed its peak, it will be necessary for international and national systems to learn from the crisis. The Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the place of UK research, science and technology in the national and global response, and what lessons should be learned for the future. 

23 Apr 2021 UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons Select committee)

The UK space sector holds great potential, generating an income of £14.8 billion annually according to the Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. Nevertheless, it has been suggested that the UK’s approach to space policy requires a rethink. Further, investment in UK lags behind that of other nations such as France and Italy, who spend between five and ten times more on their national space sectors. 

The Government has established a new National Space Council as a Cabinet Committee and has promised to publish a new UK Space Strategy. The Government has made steps to improve its satellite infrastructure through the joint acquisition of OneWeb and the completion of consultations relating to the legislation required to allow spaceflight (including satellite launch) in the UK.  

A coordinated approach to supporting the UK’s thriving space sector must also be viewed through the lens of recovery from the impacts of covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the European Union. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is conducting an inquiry into a new UK Space Strategy and UK Satellite Infrastructure.

13 Dec 2021 UK trade approach towards developing countries View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

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28 Feb 2022

Through this inquiry the Committee will scrutinise the UK’s trade strategy towards and trade relations with developing countries. 

 

The Committee is looking at a range of issues, including: the Government’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences and its planned replacement, the Developing Countries Trading Scheme; the impact on developing countries of UK free trade agreements with developed countries; and the role of the World Trade Organization and other multilateral forums in relation to trade with developing countries. 

 

The Committee welcomes submissions on any of the questions in the call for evidence below, by 5pm on Monday 28 February 2022.

1 Apr 2020 UK trade negotiations View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will be accepting submissions on an ongoing basis and will consider the progress of, and issues relating to, trade negotiations led by the Department for International Trade.  

Background

  1. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is now able to negotiate its own Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The terms of any agreement cannot come into effect until the end of the transition period. 
  2. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is responsible for negotiations with non-EU countries, and has stated its intention to negotiate FTAs with the US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The Department has also indicated that it may seek further trade partnerships, including with Canada, Singapore, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. 
  3. DIT launched online consultations on potential future trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand, and on accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), on 20 July 2018. The consultations closed on 26 October 2018, and a summary of the responses to these consultations was published on 18 July 2019. 
  4. The UK currently benefits from the terms of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which entered into force in February 2019. DIT was unable to “roll over” this agreement, which would have enabled the UK to continue trading on the same preferential terms following the transition period. As such, it launched a consultation on a future FTA with Japan on 20 September 2019. The consultation closed on 4 November 2019.
  5. DIT published its Outline Approach and Scoping Assessment for a UK-US FTA on 2 March. It has stated its intention to publish similar documents for prospective agreements with Japan, Australia and New Zealand in due course.
  6. The UK will simultaneously be negotiating an FTA with the EU, with negotiations being led by the Cabinet Office. Formal negotiations began on 2 March 2020. The Government has indicated its intention to seek ‘Canada-style’ trade agreement with the EU to allow the UK to fully benefit from future trade agreements with non-EU countries.  

Submit written evidence

The Committee welcomes submissions on some, or all, of the following points, on an ongoing basis. Submissions should be made using the UK trade negotiations inquiry page.  

Terms of Reference

  • Does the Department for International Trade (DIT) have the right objectives in respect of each Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiation?  
  • What are the potential opportunities and risks of each proposed FTA? 
  • How robust is DIT’s approach to determining the potential impacts of its proposed FTAs?  
  • What consideration should DIT give to the sequencing of its proposed FTAs, particularly with respect to the simultaneous negotiations being undertaken with the EU by the Cabinet Office?
  • In respect of each negotiation, how effectively is the Government representing the interests of, and communicating with, devolved nations, local government, businesses, consumers and civil society groups? 
  • How effectively is the Government coordinating across Departments and stakeholders, particularly in relation to aspects of the negotiations with the EU that may affect other trade negotiations? 
  • Is Parliament able to effectively scrutinise ongoing negotiations?  

17 Dec 2021 UK trade negotiations: Agreement with Australia View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia. It will take written and oral evidence before publishing a report on the FTA, and potentially recommend a House of Commons debate before MPs consider whether to approve ratifying the agreement. 

The Committee invites stakeholders to tell it what they think of the FTA, and welcomes submissions on any of the questions in the call for evidence below, by 5pm on 16 January. The relatively short deadline for submissions is necessary so that the Committee can consider written evidence ahead of its oral evidence sessions and finalising its report. 

14 Jan 2022 UK trade negotiations: Agreement with India View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

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13 Feb 2022

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade negotiations with India. It will take evidence when the Government publishes: its strategic approach / negotiating objectives; any negotiating round reports; any Agreement in Principle (AiP); and the final text of the free trade agreement (FTA). At the commencement of negotiations, the Committee may publish a report and seek a House of Commons debate on the Government’s negotiating objectives. The Committee may wish to take evidence during negotiations (for instance, following a negotiating round). Following the conclusion of negotiations, it will publish a report on the FTA, potentially recommending a debate before MPs consider whether to delay ratification of the agreement.

At this stage, the Committee invites stakeholders to tell it what they think of the Strategic Approach / negotiating objectives, and welcomes submissions on any of the questions in the call for evidence below, by 5pm on 13 February.

23 Oct 2020 UK trade negotiations: Agreement with Japan View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

1.    Through this inquiry the Committee will scrutinise the  UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

2.    The Committee is particularly interested in finding out how this agreement will affect people and businesses across the UK; the economic, social and environmental impacts of the agreement; and how the agreement differs from the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.

3.    This Committee intends to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the trade agreement by:

·       inviting written evidence from interested stakeholders;

·       speaking to expert witnesses and the Secretary of State in oral evidence sessions; and

·       publishing a short report on the agreement, in which the Committee may recommend that the agreement is debated in the House of Commons Chamber.

4.    Under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (CRAG), after the agreement is laid before UK Parliament there is a period of 21 sitting days in which either House may choose to pass a motion stating that it should not be ratified. The Committee intends during that 21-day period to publish a report on the agreement.

5.    The Government has said it will endeavour to provide time for the agreement to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons should the Committee recommend such a debate.

6.    Due to the limited time available to scrutinise the agreement, the Committee  will not be undertaking a full and comprehensive analysis of the agreement text. Instead the Committee will seek evidence from stakeholders, and publish a short report summarising the views it hears.

21 Oct 2021 UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Scope

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade negotiations with New Zealand. It will take written and oral evidence at the Agreement in Principle (AiP) and free trade agreement (FTA) stages before publishing a report on the FTA, and potentially recommend a House of Commons debate before MPs consider whether to delay ratification of the agreement.

The Committee invites stakeholders to tell it what they think of the AiP, and welcomes submissions on any of the questions in the call for evidence below, by 5pm on 10 November. The relatively short deadline for submissions is necessary so that the Committee can consider written evidence alongside any oral evidence sessions.

29 Nov 2021 UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
30 Jan 2022

Background 

 

Through this sub-inquiry, the Committee will scrutinise the UK-Gulf Cooperation Council negotiations, any Agreement in Principle, and the final free trade agreement (FTA) text. 

The Committee is particularly interested in finding out how this agreement will affect people and businesses across the UK, the likely economic, social, and environmental impacts of the agreement, and how a free trade agreement could further the UK’s strategic objectives in the region.  

The Committee intends to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the agreement by:  

  • inviting written evidence from interested stakeholders; 
  • analysing the text of the agreement;
  • questioning experts, stakeholders and the Secretary of State for International Trade in oral evidence sessions; and 
  • publishing a report on the FTA text, in which it may recommend that the agreement is debated in the House of Commons Chamber. 

Under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, after the agreement is laid before Parliament there is a period of 21 sitting days in which either House may choose to pass a motion stating that it should not be ratified. Ahead of this, the Government has committed to allowing at least three months for public scrutiny. The Committee intends to publish its report on the agreement during this period. 

The Government has said it will endeavour to provide time for the agreement to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons should the Committee recommend it. 

This sub-inquiry forms part of the Committee’s ongoing UK Trade Negotiations inquiry. Evidence that has already been submitted to that inquiry which is specific to the prospective agreement with the GCC will also be considered as part of this sub-inquiry. 

29 Nov 2021 UK trade negotiations: CPTPP accession View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

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30 Jul 2020 UK trade remedies policy View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

  1. Trade remedies (also referred to as trade defence) describes the use of policy measures to restrict imports where a country believes those imports are unfairly damaging its own producers – i.e. where goods are dumped, subsidised or part of an unforeseen surge of imports. Trade defence measures (TDMs) usually take the form of a temporary tariff on the relevant import, proportionate to the level of harm caused.
  2. Following the end of the post-Brexit transition period, the UK will conduct its own independent trade remedies policy. The Government is seeking to legislate for the creation of the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) through the Trade Bill. This provides for the TRA to have responsibility for conducting trade defence investigations and making recommendations about the imposition of TDMs (subject to an “economic interest” test) to the Secretary of State for International Trade. The power for the Secretary of State to introduce TDMs is contained in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.
  3. The TRA will be a non-departmental public body, i.e. an arm’s-length body, operating independently of the Department for International Trade (DIT). It is to be made up of a Chair, other non-executive members, a Chief Executive and other executive members. There must be no more than nine members altogether.
  4. In March 2019, the Government established the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate within DIT to fulfil the functions of the TRA pending the creation of the Authority.
  5. The EU has over 100 TDMs currently in place. These measures continue to apply to the UK throughout the transition period. Following a consultation with business in 2018, the Government identified 43 existing EU TDMs to be maintained in the future, pending review. Sixty-three other measures will not be transitioned (for example, because the measures do not affect UK producers).
  6. In February, the Government announced that it is reviewing each of the 43 EU TDMs over the coming months. Where a TDM meets the criteria to be retained, it will continue to apply at the end of the transition period. There is some debate as to where transitioned TDMs and the review process stand in relation to World Trade Organization law.

16 Jul 2020 UK-Australia trade negotiations View sample
International Agreements Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Government has made agreeing a comprehensive free trade agreement (“FTA”) with Australia an early priority. The first round of trade negotiations between the UK and Australia commenced on 29 June 2020.

A trade deal with Australia would be one of the first major trade agreements pursued by a post-Brexit UK. This inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for the duration of those talks.

8 Feb 2021 UK-EU trading relationship View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Background

The Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK-EU trading relationship, which is now (following the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020) being conducted under the terms of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).

 

The inquiry is looking at a range of issues relating to these new trading arrangements, including:

  •  what impact they are having on businesses and other stakeholders;
  •  how they are being managed through the mechanisms provided for under the TCA;
  •  implications for the UK’s wider trade policy; and
  •  likely future developments in the UK-EU trading relationship.

12 May 2021 UK-French Naval Co-operation View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The purpose of this session is to look at UK-French naval cooperation, and the prospects for future joint operations.

12 May 2021 UK-French Naval Co-operation: One-off Session View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

16 Jul 2020 UK-New Zealand trade negotiations View sample
International Agreements Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Government has made agreeing a comprehensive free trade agreement (“FTA”) with New Zealand an early priority. The Government began its first round of trade negotiations with New Zealand on 13 July 2020.

A trade deal with New Zealand would be one of the first major trade agreements pursued by a post-Brexit UK. This inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for the duration of those talks.

8 Jun 2020 UK-US trade negotiations View sample
International Agreements Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Government has made agreeing a comprehensive free trade agreement (“FTA”) with the US an early priority for the UK’s independent trade policy. The US is the UK’s largest bilateral trading partner and largest export market outside of the EU. Trade negotiations between the UK and US were officially launched on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

The UK-US trade deal is the first major, wholly new agreement pursued by a post-Brexit UK, and this inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK.

In June and July 2020, the inquiry focused on agriculture and food, healthcare and drug pricing, and digital trade and services. The Committee wrote to the Secretary of State about these issues and others raised in evidence on 31 July. In the autumn, the Committee expects to focus on the environment and climate change, intellectual property, and regulation and standards. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for their duration.

15 Oct 2021 UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century? View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee’s inquiry will explore the extent to which the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which came into force in 1994, remains fit for purpose in 2021. It will examine the enforcement of UNCLOS, its dispute resolution mechanisms, and the extent to which is has proved able to adapt to new and emerging challenges, including climate change, autonomous maritime systems, and issues of human rights and human security at sea. It will explore the UK’s current policy towards UNCLOS and approach in practice, and consider which international partners and alliances will be important for the UK to address these challenges and uphold its interests. 

21 Sep 2021 Underpayments of the State Pension View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In early 2020 the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) became aware of underpayments of State Pension affecting certain women who reached State Pension Age before 2016. Subsequent DWP investigations uncovered systematic issues meaning that tens of thousands of people might have been underpaid State Pension for many years. DWP is currently working to identify all affected individuals and began making repayments in January 2021.

However, this is not the first widespread error discovered at DWP in recent years, and correcting these errors comes at great cost to the taxpayer.

The Committee will questions senior officials at DWP on who has been underpaid the state pension in this instance, and why, what DWP is doing to put it right and what lessons it is learning that it can apply to similar problems it has experienced over many years across other benefits.

If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by Monday 25 October 2021.

16 Sep 2020 United Kingdom Internal Market Bill View sample
Constitution Committee (Lords Select committee)

The inquiry will consider the constitutional implications of the UK Internal Market Bill. It will explore the implications that the Bill poses for the Rule of Law and devolution.

25 Nov 2021 Universal Credit and childcare costs View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Universal credit and childcare costs

The Committee is looking into how well Universal Credit supports parents with childcare costs.

We're focusing on:

• The requirement for parents to cover childcare costs upfront.

• The maximum amounts that the Government will reimburse each month.

• How easy it is for parents to get advice about what support they can claim for.

 

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

9 Mar 2020 Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment View sample
Work and Pensions Committee (Commons Select committee)

Universal Credit has a “baked in” wait for the first payment. After completing all of the stages of their application, claimants must then wait for at least five weeks to receive their award. They can ask for an Advance payment if they need money more urgently, which they then pay back out of their future Universal Credit payments.

Many organisations have concluded that the five week wait for a first Universal Credit payment must be reduced or eliminated entirely. There is, however, a lack of agreement about how this might be most effectively—and affordably—achieved. Some of the options suggested include:

  • Scrapping the five week wait for all claimants: for example, by making the Advance non-repayable;
  • Offering non-repayable Advances to some claimants: for example, those considered vulnerable;
  • Allowing more flexibility for the start of a claim to be backdated;
  • Extending run on payments to cover all legacy benefits;
  • Substantially reducing the rate at which Advance Payments—the main existing mitigation measure—are paid back, to help claimants better manage their money;
  • Paying UC two-weekly, like many legacy benefits, rather than monthly.

The Committee wants to help the Government to better understand the upsides and downsides of these options, and explore other possible solutions.

What does the Committee want to hear about?

The Committee would like to hear your views on the following questions about the wait for a first payment of Universal Credit.

You can respond as an individual, a group or an organisation. You don’t need to answer all of the questions. The deadline for sending your views is Friday 17 April 2020.

  1. To what extent have the mitigations the Government has introduced so far (e.g. Advance payments) helped to reduce the negative impact of the five week wait for UC claimants?

        - What problems do claimants still experience during the five week wait?

    2. What is the best way of offsetting the impact of the five week wait?

        - Is it possible to estimate how much this would cost the Department?

        - Is it possible to estimate any costs or savings to third parties (for example, support organisations)?

   3. Are different mitigating options needed for different groups of claimants?

   4. Are there barriers or potential unintended consequences to removing the five week wait—either for claimants or the Department? How can they be overcome?

5 Aug 2020 Universities and Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The future funding of Scotland’s universities and fees for overseas and non-EU students will be the subject of this inquiry. The Committee will also use this inquiry as an opportunity to examine the impact policies made in Whitehall will have on Scottish Universities, their students, their employees and on research.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 19 October. 

Read the inquiry launch news story. 

 

27 Jan 2021 US, NATO and UK Defence Relations View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities for strengthening NATO, US and UK defence relations within the context of a new US Administration and the UK’s departure from the European Union.

22 Jul 2021 US, UK and NATO View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

Following the publication of the UK Integrated Review (and the accompanying Defence strategies), the commitments made at the NATO summit of June 2021 and the announcement by the US Administration that it will publish a Global Posture Review this year, we have undertaken to hold an inquiry which examines how the UK intends to work with Allies to counteract the shared threats identified. The relationships with NATO and the US are integral to the UK’s defence.

12 Jan 2022 Use of evaluation and financial modelling in Government View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
2 Mar 2022

Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision making, and increasingly relies on these models as more data is available and there is an increased emphasis on evidence-driven decision-making. 

Drawing on evidence from NAO’s wider audits of models across government, the Committee will question senior officials at HM Treasury and Cabinet Office on current practices, and identify the systemic issues in government modelling which can lead to value for money risks, including:

  • whether government organisations have a clear structure of responsibility and accountability for models critical to their business;
  • whether data and assumptions used in these models go through adequate assurance processes; and
  • how uncertainty in the outputs produced by these models is taken into account, communicated and used to produce future plans

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 2 March 2022 18:00. 

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8 Apr 2021 Violence against women and girls View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will look at how violence against women and girls is being addressed.  The Committee will use information from its initial call for evidence to inform its future programme of work on this issue.

Read the initial call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

The Committee has also published separate terms of reference relating specifically to the investigation and prosecution of rape. If you wish to submit evidence on this issue, please click here.  

20 Sep 2021 Voting by proxy View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

Proxy voting is a formal arrangement recognised by the House of Commons which allows Members who are absent due to baby leave to have another Member vote on their behalf.

Following the Committee’s earlier work on proxy voting, and proxy voting for parental leave being placed on a permanent basis, this inquiry will explore whether the scheme should be broadened further.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about this inquiry.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
8 Dec 2020 Water Quality in Rivers View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is launching an inquiry into water quality in rivers. The EAC has previously inquired into nitrate pollution so this inquiry intends to focus on the water industry and urban diffuse pollution.

21 Jul 2021 What next for the National Lottery? View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Our inquiry examines the competition process to award the next licence for operating the National Lottery. The Gambling Commission is running the competition, with a preferred candidate expected to be announced in September.

The committee will also scrutinise the preferred applicant as well as the process that was involved.

1 Jul 2021 William-Shapps Plan for Rail: fare reform View sample
Built Environment Committee (Lords Select committee)

In May the Government published a White Paper on rail reform, the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. The Plan represents the greatest change to the railways since the end of nationalisation almost 30 years ago. This inquiry will focus on the Plan’s proposals for fare reforms. It will seek to understand how fare reforms can be best placed to draw more passengers onto rail.

The inquiry will also consider the impact of the new system on finances and risk. The perspectives of passengers, operators and the taxpayer will be considered. Further themes may include smart ticketing and the impact of COVID-19. Examples of good practice abroad and at home will also be considered.

1 Jul 2021 Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail: fare reform View sample
Built Environment Committee (Lords Select committee)

In May the Government published a White Paper on rail reform, the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. The Plan represents the greatest change to the railways since the end of nationalisation almost 30 years ago. This inquiry will focus on the Plan’s proposals for fare reforms. It will seek to understand how fare reforms can be best placed to draw more passengers onto rail.

The inquiry will also consider the impact of the new system on finances and risk. The perspectives of passengers, operators and the taxpayer will be considered. Further themes may include smart ticketing and the impact of COVID-19. Examples of good practice abroad and at home will also be considered.

9 Sep 2021 Withdrawal from Afghanistan View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Defence Committee is inquiring into developments following the US agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 to withdraw NATO troops from Afghanistan (the Doha Agreement), which was endorsed by the NATO decision of March 2020, and will look at the planning for and execution of withdrawal of UK Armed Forces, and evacuation of UK nationals and Afghans who had worked with the UK Armed Forces.

26 Apr 2021 Women in Prison View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry seeks to understand the progress made over the past 10 years to address female offending and reduce the number of women in custody. We also seek to understand how well female offenders’ needs are met in custody.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

1 Dec 2020 Women in the Armed Forces: From Recruitment to Civilian Life View sample
Defence Sub-Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will explore the experience of female service personnel from recruitment to transition and consider whether there are unique challenges that are not adequately addressed by the current policies and services.

Challenges that the inquiry will explore, include:

  • Recruitment and retention of female personnel;
  • Incidences where female serving personnel are the victim of sexual offences;
  • Overrepresentation in the complaints system;
  • Female personnel are more likely to make bullying and harassment complaints;
  • Female personnel are more likely to be assessed with a mental health disorder; and
  • Transition to civilian life, where female service leavers have a lower employment rate and a higher economic inactivity rate.

Other areas of interest that the Committee are keen to cover within the scope of the inquiry include issues around pensions, terms and conditions of employment, housing and general wellbeing.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry. 

Take part in our survey for female serving personnel and veterans

30 Jun 2020 Work of the Chief of Defence Staff View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

20 Jan 2022 Work of the Department View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs will scrutinize Sajid Javid, the Health and Social Care Secretary, on his plans to deal with the multiple crises facing the sector in this one-off session. The session is expected to cover the Government’s workforce strategy, including provisions set out in the Health and Care Bill. Staff pay, employee burnout, and integrating social care and NHS workforce planning are on the agenda.  

The Committee is also expected to question the Secretary of State on plans for the next stage of the Covid pandemic and the impact of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers. Spending, budget, and plans to recover elective care may also be discussed. A selection of questions crowdsourced from the public will be put to Sajid Javid.  

14 Apr 2020 Work of the Department and Government Response to coronavirus View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

11 Jan 2021 Work of the Environment Agency View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee holds evidence sessions on the work of Environment Agency, for example its regulatory functions, its annual reports and business plans, and topical issues. These meetings are in addition to our specific inquiries for which the Environment Agency gives evidence, such as on flooding. The transcripts of those sessions and follow up written evidence is collected here.

4 Mar 2020 Work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

27 Oct 2020 Work of the Financial Conduct Authority View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of its ongoing scrutiny of the work of the FCA, the Treasury Committee holds regular hearings with the Chief Executive and the Chairman of the FCA.

16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

30 Jul 2020 Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine workforce burnout across the NHS and social care. It will consider increased pressures brought by Covid-19 and the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress. NHS Providers has reported that 92% of trusts were concerned about burnout among their staff.

MPs are calling for evidence to assess the impacts of workforce burnout on a range of areas from service delivery to the social care sectors. They will also focus on the government’s workforce planning, including measures set out in the NHS People Plan so far, and assess the effectiveness of the Plan to deliver on staff numbers expected to be required across medical and social care professions, and those in training in order to meet future demands for patient care will also be assessed.

The absence of an equivalent workforce plan for social care and how parity with the NHS could be achieved will also be considered. A separate HSC inquiry is being carried out into social care’s funding and workforce.

23 Nov 2021 Workforce: recruitment, training and retention in health and social care View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

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