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
9 Apr 2020 A new UK research funding agency View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (Commons Select committee)

The December 2019 Queen’s Speech set out the Government’s intention for:

a new approach to funding emerging fields of research and technology. It will provide long term funding to support visionary high-risk, high-pay off scientific, engineering, and technology ideas

The October 2019 Queen’s Speech briefing note explained that this would be “broadly modelled” on the US ARPA. The US Government’s ‘Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’ (DARPA), which evolved from ARPA, employs ‘programme managers’ on 3–5 year contracts to fund high-risk, high-reward research. Its budget in financial year 2019–20 was approximately £2.65bn.

The March 2020 Budget stated that the Government would “invest at least £800 million” in this “blue skies” funding agency, which would fund “high risk, high reward science”.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the nature and purpose of this new UK research funding agency.

This will include:

  • What gaps in the current UK research and development system might be addressed by an ARPA style approach?
  • What are the implications of the new funding agency for existing funding bodies and their approach?
  • What should be the focus be of the new research funding agency and how should it be structured?
  • What funding should ARPA receive, and how should it distribute this funding to maximise effectiveness?
  • What can be learned from ARPA equivalents in other countries?
  • What benefits might be gained from basing UK ARPA outside of the ‘Golden Triangle’ (London, Oxford and Cambridge)?

The Committee would therefore welcome written submissions by Friday 31 July on the above points to inform the Government’s thinking behind the nature and purpose of ARPA and how it fits into the existing research and innovation ecosystem.

In light of the current circumstances, the evidence submission deadline for this inquiry is longer than usual and is subject to change.

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.

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.

26 Mar 2020 Adult skills and lifelong learning View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Education Committee is relaunching their inquiry into adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL). The Committee's inquiry will examine the state of adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL) provision. The inquiry will explore key themes such as participation in ASALL, the balance and range of different forms of provision, and the role of employer-led training. The inquiry will also examine the role played by local authorities/combined authority areas in providing adult education.

 

Terms of reference

  • The individual, social and economic benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL).
  • Levels of participation in lifelong learning, and how to address the barriers to participation faced by disadvantaged groups.
  • The role of ASALL in addressing skills needs of workers whose jobs are at risk, and those experiencing in-work poverty.
  • The role of community learning providers, and whether enough is being done to support them.
  • Regional disparities in ASALL provision across local and combined authorities, and how well devolution of the Adult Education Budget is working.
  • What measures would be effective in supporting employers to invest in training and reskilling, particularly for low-skilled workers.
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on ASALL provision and demand.

15 Apr 2020 Ageing prison population View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry looked at the impact on the prison system of an ageing prison population.

Older prisoners are the fastest growing group in prisons and they have specific needs. We explored what these needs are and how they are catered for by the prison system. We also looked at the impact of coronavirus on older prisoners.

25 Jul 2019 Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (Lords Select committee)

While life span has increased over recent decades, health span, the period of time people live in good health, has generally not kept pace, and so older people are living longer with ill health. This inquiry will investigate how approaches from science and technology could be used to increase health span, to mitigate some of the negative effects of ageing, and to support older people living with poor health.

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.  

12 Jun 2020 Air Quality View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Air pollution has been classified as the largest environmental risk to UK public health. In 2016, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Physicians estimated about 40,000 people in the UK die every year due to outdoor air pollution, with disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected. It also estimated it costs the country £20 billion a year.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought air quality into sharper focus. Emerging research suggests that poor air quality is correlated with higher death and infection rates from COVID-19. The lockdown led to a significant short-term improvement in air quality in many areas, but there are concerns that policies to discourage the use of public transport to limit transmission of the virus may now lead to increased road traffic pollution in cities.

In this context the EFRA Committee is revisiting its 2018 Improving Air Quality report and whether the Government’s 2019 Air Quality Strategy and the Environment Bill will deliver the national leadership necessary to deliver the “step change” in how air pollution is tackled in the UK.

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.

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.

3 Nov 2020 Arms export controls: Initial review View sample
Committees on Arms Export Controls (Commons Other committee)

No description available

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.

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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.

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.

 

19 May 2020 Biosecurity and national security View sample
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

Following up the previous Committee’s partially completed inquiry into biosecurity in 2019, and the continued salience of such pandemic risks with Covid-19, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy is examining how biosecurity is addressed in national security planning and resilience implementation.

1 Jul 2020 Black people, racism and human rights View sample
Human Rights (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

In response to the awful killing of George Floyd in the US, Black Lives Matters protests in the UK have highlighted once again that racism and inequality exists here too.

Concerns about racial inequalities in the protection of human rights include the right to liberty (Article 5 ECHR); the right to a family life (Article 8 ECHR); the right to a fair trial (Article 6 ECHR), the right to life (Article 2 ECHR) and the prohibition on non-discrimination (Article 14 ECHR).

Whilst these topics have been the focus of a number of reviews and reports in recent years, the Joint Committee on Human Rights will investigate what has impeded progress, and ask whether changes are required.

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.

29 Jan 2019 Brexit: future UK-EU cooperation on asylum and international protection View sample
EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee (Lords Select committee)

No description available

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)

3 Mar 2020 Broadband and the road to 5G View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs launch an inquiry into Broadband and road to 5G to examine Government’s pledge to ensure every home and business in the UK has gigabit-capable broadband by 2025.

The inquiry will focus on how realistic the ambition is, what is needed to achieve it, and what the Government’s target will mean for businesses and consumers. It will also look at what role 5G technology might play, and what initiatives such as the Shared Rural Network mean for improving mobile connectivity across the UK.

The inquiry will also consider the impact of Covid-19 on the roll-out of full-fibre and 5G infrastructure - please see the call for evidence for details of this  and the revised deadline for submissions.

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
26 Mar 2020 Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Awareness of the impact of advertising and media consumption on people’s body image has increased in recent years. Negative body image is widely perceived as solely a young women’s problem. But more recently, research has shown that this is a wider issue:  

  • Recent studies report that over a third of adults feel anxious or depressed about their body image, and nearly half (44%) want to see greater diversity in the mainstream media.
  • NHS studies have shown that 57% of young men felt pressured by social media to look good, and 23% believed there to be a ‘perfect male body.’ 
  • The Mental Health Foundation reported in a recent study that 40% of LGBT+ adults felt shame because of their body image. 
  • 80% of disabled people surveyed by Trailblazers said that their body image has a direct impact on their mental well-being.

The Women and Equalities Committee want to hear from a range of people and organisations on what causes poor body image and how people’s body image is impacted by companies, adverts, social media and Government policy.

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.

More information on the inquiry

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.

18 Dec 2020 Child Food Poverty View sample
Petitions Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Petitions Committee has launched an inquiry into child food poverty, to consider issues raised in an e-petition started by Marcus Rashford entitled: "End child food poverty – no child should be going hungry." The petition has so far gained over 1 million signatures. The Committee’s inquiry comes as the government announced a financial support package in November 2020 for vunerable families in England. The Committee plans to hold one or more evidence sessions on this topic in the new year, to examine child food poverty in the UK in more detail and how to build on the Government’s winter support package and address any gaps in the support.

2 Jun 2020 Children and young people in custody View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

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.

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

Submit Evidence
24 Apr 2021

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

25 Feb 2021 Cladding Remediation - Follow-up View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government 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.

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.

9 Apr 2020 Commercial genomics View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (Commons Select committee)

Genomic testing seeks to offer health benefits and can provide other useful services. However, some have raised concerns regarding the potential risks associated with genomic tests being made directly available to consumers, including on the tests’ reliability and accuracy, the support available to consumers for understanding and acting on results, and the impact of these commercial tests on the NHS.

In the context of new regulations due to apply to health-related genomic tests from 2022, the Committee is completing an inquiry examining:

  • any health or other benefits that consumers can derive from using commercially available genomic testing;
  • the industrial strategy opportunity for genomics within the UK biotechnology sector, and how the Government could support UK growth (including for exports);
  • the extent to which currently available genomic sequencing and interpretation can provide accurate and unambiguous health results, for healthy and ill sections of the population;
  • the counselling or other support offered for those receiving, or considering asking for, commercial genomic test results, and whether this is to the standard required;
  • the potential benefits and risks for the NHS that arise from the increasing availability of commercial genomic testing;
  • what data obtained from genomic testing could be used for and if sufficient protection is in place for consumers using commercial genomic tests;
  • the regulations or standards that commercial genomic tests are currently subject to, and if any new or strengthened regulations or standards should be introduced to mitigate any perceived risks associated with commercial genomic testing;
  • the potential benefits and risks, for individuals and for the NHS, and the ethical implications of the NHS offering genomic testing to healthy individuals willing to pay and share their data anonymously; and
  • the extent to which the ‘in-vitro diagnostic medical device’ regulation will address concerns about the validity of genomic test results and the provision of counselling alongside such tests.

This inquiry builds upon our predecessor Committee’s inquiry, and will make use of evidence submitted to that inquiry. Please only submit new evidence if you want to update or supplement information that the previous Committee had received, or to provide specific evidence on the ‘in-vitro diagnostic medical device’ regulation.

If you would like to submit evidence of further written evidence to this inquiry, the Committee would welcome written evidence submissions on any of these points. Submissions should be sent to the Committee by Sunday 31 May 2020.

 

 

23 Feb 2021 Common Frameworks View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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 competencies 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. They are sector-specific and jointly agreed between the UK Government and Devolved Administration(s).

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
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 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.

25 Jan 2021 Conflict, Stability and Security Fund annual report View sample
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

The purpose of this session is to consider the performance of the CSSF.

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.

31 Mar 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): The impact on prison, probation and court systems View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

12 May 2020 Coronavirus and Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee will be inquiring into the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the four-nation approach, intergovernmental communication, scientific advice, policy divergence, and the impact of coronavirus on various sectors in Scotland.

Read the inquiry launch news story

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

No description available

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

No description available

18 Mar 2020 Coronavirus: implications for transport View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Transport Committee is asking transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they face during the coronavirus outbreak.

MPs will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact of coronavirus on UK transport, sector by sector.

Read the key points on the impact of coronavirus on the aviation sector in an interactive summary of our initial report

Read the inquiry launch news story

6 Oct 2020 Coronavirus: lessons learnt View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (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.   

5 Jan 2021 Coronavirus: recent developments View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will consider the Government's response to recent developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

 

9 Mar 2021 Covid 19 Vaccine Certification View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
4 May 2021

The Government have announced a review into introducing a Covid vaccine certificate system or “vaccine passports. The Committee have launched an inquiry to consider potential  ethical, legal and operational issues and the efficacy and appropriateness of a certificate system.

19 Mar 2020 COVID-19 and food supply View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee today is enquiring into food supply during the Coronavirus pandemic, including access to healthy food during periods of self-isolation, and how disruptions in the food supply chain should be managed. The Committee will initially identify current problems and strategies for mitigating potential risks.

Read the key points on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on food supply in an interactive summary of our report

14 Jan 2021 COVID-19 and food supply: follow up View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee published its report on covid-19 and food supply in July 2020. Since then, the Government has reintroduced measures to suppress the prevalence of the virus. The Committee is now conducting a follow-up inquiry to update its July 2020 report.

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.

7 Sep 2020 Cross-border co-operation on policing, security and criminal justice after Brexit View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Brexit will change the UK’s policing, security and criminal justice arrangements with the Republic of Ireland. The basis for the UK and the Republic of Ireland’s close co-operation in these areas currently relies on agreements at an EU level, such as the use of the European Arrest Warrant and access to EU data and information-sharing arrangements.

When the transition period ends, the UK will lose access to many of the agreements on which such co-operation is based. If similar arrangements are not agreed between the UK and EU in the future relationship talks, this could pose significant challenges to maintaining the current high level of security and criminal justice co-operation between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The Committee has launched an inquiry to scrutinise how Brexit will affect cross-jurisdictional criminality between the UK and the Republic of Ireland and identify alternative mechanisms that may need to be established to facilitate effective long-term co-operation on policing, security and criminal justice after Brexit.

 

Terms of reference

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

  • what effects Brexit will have on cross-jurisdictional criminality between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,
  • what effects Brexit, and the new customs arrangements under the Northern Ireland Protocol, could have on criminality between the island of Ireland and Great Britain;
  • what new barriers will be created to cross-border security co-operation between the UK and the Republic of Ireland when the transition period ends, including if no deal on the UK-EU future relationship is agreed;
  • what steps need to be taken by the UK Government, in collaboration with the Irish Government, to replace any loss of access to the European Arrest Warrant as a tool for law enforcement co-operation between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the context of:

(a) a future relationship deal agreed between the UK and EU that includes arrangements for security and judicial co-operation; or

(b) there being no deal agreed between the UK and EU before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020;

  • what steps the UK can take to replace any loss of access to existing EU data and information-sharing arrangements;
  • how Brexit will affect co-operation between the PSNI and Garda, as well as UK and Irish crime agencies, in tackling cross-border crime; and
  • what scope exists for the UK and the Republic of Ireland to pursue alternative approaches to policing, security and criminal justice co-operation outside the EU acquis.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
16 Sep 2020 Data Transparency and Accountability: Covid 19 View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted how important data is to Government for decision making, and the significance of data transparency for the public and Parliament in holding Government to account.

This inquiry will focus on decision making and transparency in response to Covid 19, using this as a case study to draw out recommendations that can be applied more broadly.

In July the Prime Minister announced that "responsibility for government use of data has transferred from the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Cabinet Office. DCMS will retain responsibility for data policy for the economy and society. This change will help ensure that government data is used most effectively to drive policy making and service delivery."

Questions:

1. Did Government have good enough data to make decisions in response to Coronavirus, and how quickly were Government able to gather new data?

2. Was data for decision making sufficiently joined up across Departments?

3. Was relevant data disseminated to key decision-makers in: Central and Local Government; other public services (like schools); businesses; and interested members of the public?

4. Were key decisions (such as the “lock downs”) underpinned by good data and was data-led decision-making timely, clear and transparently presented to the public?

5. Was data shared across the devolved administrations and local authorities to enable mutually beneficial decision making?

6. Is the public able to comprehend the data published during the pandemic. Is there sufficient understanding among journalists and parliamentarians to enable them to present and interpret data accurately, and ask informed questions of Government? What could be done to improve understanding and who could take responsibility for this?

7. Does the Government have a good enough understanding of data security, and do the public have confidence in the Government’s data handling?

8. How will the change in responsibility for Government data impact future decision making?

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.

19 May 2020 Defence Capability and the Equipment Plan 2019-29 View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

In two reports published earlier this year, the National Audit Office found that for the third successive year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) ten-year Equipment Plan “remains unaffordable”, and that the Ministry is “struggling to deliver key parts of the UK’s planned defence capabilities programme”.

The NAO’s report ‘The Equipment Plan 2019-2029’ assesses the affordability of the MoD’s Equipment Plan, how it is addressing funding shortfalls and the consequences for the development of military capabilities. 

This year’s Equipment Plan sets out the MOD’s equipment and support budget for 2019-2029. The Plan includes equipment already in use, such as the Typhoon combat aircraft, as well as equipment in development, such as four new nuclear-armed submarines. For the next 10 years, MoD will allocate more than 40% of its total budget to its equipment and support programmes (£183bn over the next 10 years).  

The report finds that the Equipment Plan remains unaffordable – for the 3 year in a row – and the financial challenge facing MOD is increasing. It concludes that the MoD has again failed to make strategic decisions to develop an affordable investment programme and is locked into a cycle of managing short-term financial pressures. As a result, the MoD’s approach has led to examples of poor value for money and is affecting the Armed Forces’ ability to develop the capabilities that they need in the future. 

The NAO’s report ‘Defence capabilities – delivering what was promised’ examines whether the MoD’s processes for delivering military capabilities into service represent value for money.  

A large proportion of the MoD’s budget is spent on delivering defence capabilities, and in the last two years a number of reforms aimed to speed up delivery of capabilities have been introduced. 

But the report finds that delays to the delivery of capabilities which are central to the MoD’s requirements are endemic, and delayed projects often have factors in common.

It also finds that when declaring milestones in the delivery of capabilities, there is a culture of overstating what has been achieved. The NAO concludes that the MoD’s ability to oversee the acquisition of individual capabilities and manage the whole programme is hampered by poor management information and a lack of key personnel.  

On Thursday 28 May 2020 the Committee will question officials from the MoD on the Ministry’s defence capabilities, progress to tackle funding pressures, and the affordability of its 2019-2029 Equipment Plan. It will also question the officials on delays in delivery of capabilities (including F-35 and Carrier Strike) and cost over-runs, issued raised in the Committee’s recent inquiry  Defence Nuclear Infrastructure.

If you have evidence on any of the questions raised in these NAO reports please submit it here by Monday 25 May 2020

12 May 2020 Defence contribution to the UK’s pandemic response View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will focus on the Ministry of Defence’s and the Armed Forces’ contribution to the United Kingdom’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scope will include: assessing the MoD’s planning and preparedness for a pandemic; understanding how the Armed Forces have supported the civilian authorities during the pandemic; evaluating the effectiveness of the specific actions and activities undertaken by military and civilian personnel, and; exploring how the MoD has ensured that potential adversaries have not taken advantage of the need to focus on the pandemic response. It will not address the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 for the UK’s defence posture, which the Committee will address in the future.

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)

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

No description available

25 Feb 2021 Department's White Paper on health and social care View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the proposals in the White Paper Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care, and the extent to which the proposals will deliver integrated health and care services throughout England. The inquiry will also consider the extent to which the White Paper delivers the necessary long-term plans for social care and the health and social care workforce; and the proposals to confer additional powers on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. 

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.

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

11 Sep 2020 Draft Finance Bill 2021 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

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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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
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.

15 Oct 2020 Economics of music streaming View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs will examine what economic impact music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the sustainability of the wider music industry.

With streaming currently accounting for more than half of the global music industry’s revenue, this inquiry will look at the business models operated by platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play. Music streaming in the UK brings in more than £1 billion in revenue with 114 billion music streams in the last year, however artists can be paid as little as 13% of the income generated.

The Committee will also consider whether the government should be taking action to protect the industry from piracy in the wake of steps taken by the EU on copyright and intellectual property rights.

The inquiry is seeking the perspectives of industry experts, artists and record labels as well as streaming platforms themselves.

Terms of Reference:

The DCMS Committee is inviting written submissions to be submitted by 6pm on Monday 16 November 2020.

  • What are the dominant business models of platforms that offer music streaming as a service?
  • Have new features associated with streaming platforms, such as algorithmic curation of music or company playlists, influenced consumer habits, tastes, etc?
  • What has been the economic impact and long-term implications of streaming on the music industry, including for artists, record labels, record shops, etc?
  • How can the Government protect the industry from knock-on effects, such as increased piracy of music? Does the UK need an equivalent of the Copyright Directive?
  • Do alternative business models exist? How can policy favour more equitable business models?

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.

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.

18 May 2020 Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes

The UK has around 29 million homes with considerable potential to improve their energy efficiency. Homes account for just under 30% of energy use and around 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. It is one of the few sectors where emissions reductions have stalled.

Space heating is the dominant driver of energy consumption in existing homes (making up 63% of annual energy consumption), followed by hot water demand and appliance demand. Interventions to improve energy efficiency will bring down energy bills, provide greater thermal comfort, prevent overheating, improve indoor air quality, relieve pressure on the NHS and welfare provision, and provide benefits in reducing annual and peak electricity demand.

The Government has pledged £9.2bn in its manifesto to improve the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals. Decarbonising our existing homes presents an opportunity to build a domestic supply chain and skills base and deliver on the Government’s levelling up ambitions. Driving widespread improvements in energy efficiency is notoriously difficult. Yet energy efficiency investments could be particularly relevant to kick starting the economy in the aftermath of Covid-19 by making it a national infrastructure priority.

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy (2017) set new aspirations for energy efficiency and has a stated ambition for all homes to be EPC rated ‘C’ by 2035 where cost effective, affordable and practical. Currently 19 million homes are EPC rated D or worse and uptake of energy efficiency measures has stalled. The Committee on Climate Change has stressed that widespread deployment of energy efficiency measures across the UK’s building stock will be crucial to any credible and cost-effective strategy to meeting net zero. This includes improvements to around 6 million cavity walls, 6 million solid walls and 21,000 loft insulation measures. There are over 10 million owner occupied households below the EPC band C. This is the market where the largest carbon savings can be made yet there are no incentives for this market to grow.

In addition to improving household incomes, energy efficiency is key to alleviating fuel poverty. Around 2.53 million households are in fuel poverty in England alone. Current fuel poverty targets are expected to be missed and when compared with 30 other European countries it was found that the UK has the sixth-worst long-term rate of excess winter deaths. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings plays a crucial role in tackling fuel poverty and will help bring down energy bills for the most vulnerable customers. The Government’s manifesto included a commitment to invest £2.5bn over five years providing Home Upgrade Grants for fuel poor homes.

As part of the inquiry, the Committee will follow up on the findings of the former BEIS Committee’s inquiry into energy efficiency, which concluded that major policy gaps still exist, and consider whether its recommendations have been implemented.

 

3 Mar 2020 Environmental diplomacy View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine how the FCO conducts environmental diplomacy, what the UK’s strategy is bringing all government departments together, and the FCO’s management of the tension between environmental goals and other diplomatic objectives. 

In particular, the Committee will focus on preparations for COP26, speaking to other recent host countries and attempting to learn from their experiences.  

Additionally, the Committee will ask how environmental diplomacy can be employed to address the governance of the polar regions. 

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.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
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. 

18 Jun 2020 FCO-DFID merger View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

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.

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)

No description available

18 Sep 2020 Forced labour in UK value chains View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The BEIS Committee is holding an inquiry which will explore the extent to which business in the UK are exploiting the forced labour of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China.

The Committee will investigate the risks that UK based businesses face when engaging supply chains that originate in China and what more the Government can do to ensure that business and consumers in the UK do not perpetuate the forced labour of Uyghurs.

In advance of the hearing the Committee is inviting written submissions. In particular, the Committee wishes to investigate the extent to which the products of forced labour in Xinjiang are reaching the supply chains of UK businesses and to examine how aware businesses are of the risk that their activities may support forced labour.

The Committee also welcomes views on whether existing legislative and audit requirements for businesses in the UK are sufficient to prevent them from contributing to the human rights abuses experienced by Uyghurs. The Committee is also keen to understand what action stakeholders believe the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy should take to eradicate forced labour from the supply chain of goods and services sold in the UK.

30 Jul 2020 Foreign Involvement in the Defence Supply Chain View sample
Defence Sub-Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry and planned Sub-Committee will scrutinise the vulnerabilities of the UK’s defence supply chain following the Covid-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the impact on SMEs and mid-sized companies. The Committee will assess the current level of foreign ownership, particularly ownership by companies with links to states which could have “ulterior motives”. Additionally, the Committee will explore the current and planned regulatory regime for government intervention to prevent foreign ownership of defence, or defence related, companies. This inquiry will examine the proposed National Security Investment Bill, due to be debated in Parliament later this year.

Proposed Chair of the planned Sub-Committee on Foreign Involvement in the Defence Supply Chain, Richard Drax MP, said:

“The global economy is more interconnected than ever, and the defence supply chain is no exception to this rule.

“Our Armed Forces, and the wider population, rely on equipment and technology manufactured overseas and by foreign-owned companies within the UK. Through this reliance on international companies, we forfeit a degree of control, and must ask ourselves whether we are inadvertently allowing foreign actors access, or leverage, that compromises our national security.

“It is no secret that state actors are employing increasingly creative and covert methods to gain intelligence and to exert influence.

“Covid-19 has exacerbated vulnerabilities in the defence supply chain. In the wake of the pandemic, many small and medium-sized companies are struggling to stay afloat, and a foreign buy out may be the only available lifeline.

“This inquiry will scrutinise the kinks in the defence supply chain, attempt to understand its frailties, as well as where there may be heightened exposure to manipulation by states with ulterior motives.”’

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.

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)

Submit Evidence
30 Apr 2021

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

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. 

 

2 Feb 2021 Government preparations and contingency planning for local elections in May 2021 View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

One off session to scrutinise the Government’s expected forthcoming guidance on holding safe and fair elections under Covid-19 restrictions, and any contingency measures or legislation the Government deems necessary and proportionate.

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
30 Sep 2020 Home Education View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will seek to understand the extent to which current arrangements provide sufficient support for home educated children to access efficient, full-time and suitable education, and establish what further measures may be necessary in order to facilitate this.

It will also explore the impact of COVID-19 on home education, and any particular needs arising from the pandemic that need to be addressed.

11 Mar 2020 Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Home Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Home Office’s preparations for and response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).  

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: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

Written evidence requested

Second phase of the inquiry

During the first phase of the inquiry into the pandemic’s impact on the Global South, the Committee looked at the risks and threats faced by countries going into the pandemic. The Committee received evidence on a range of potential secondary impacts – largely expected to arise from the measures and restrictions perceived as necessary to combat the spread of infection. The IDC has agreed a second coronavirus inquiry aimed at assessing these secondary impacts. It will consider the effectiveness of measures and interventions aimed at tackling them.

Terms of reference: Humanitarian crises monitoring: coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts 

First phase of the inquiry

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 

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 

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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.

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).

16 Apr 2020 Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (Commons Select committee)

The HCLG Committee has launched an inquiry into the Impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector. It will consider both the immediate and long-term impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the homeless, rough sleepers and those in the private rented sector.

The Committee expects to hold an evidence session in early May onwards to hear directly from stakeholders and Government about what is being done and what further support is needed.

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

Submit Evidence
7 May 2021

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.

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

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

No description available

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
13 Mar 2020 Labour in the food supply chain View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

There is a high demand for non-UK workers in agriculture and in the wider food supply chain. Veterinarians, who provide certification for the import and export of animals to third countries and provide official controls at food exporting premises, abattoirs and border inspection posts, are currently on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

In February 2020, the Government published a policy statement on a points based immigration system, to take effect from 1 January 2021. The statement was clear that the Government would “not implement a route for lower-skilled workers”, because “we need to shift the focus of our economy away from a reliance on cheap labour from Europe and instead concentrate on investment in technology and automation”.

In 2017, the EFRA Committee conducted an inquiry on Feeding the nation: labour constraints, focusing on agriculture and horticulture, and took further evidence in 2018. In 2018, the UK Government announced a two-year Seasonal Workers pilot scheme to allow 2,500 non-EU nationals to come to the UK for 6 months each year to provide seasonal, agricultural support for fruit and vegetable farms. In February 2020, the Government confirmed the expansion of the pilot to allow farmers to hire up to 10,000 workers in 2020

17 Apr 2020 Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Education Committee is to investigate the issues faced by disadvantaged groups, with an initial inquiry into the educational underachievement of white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds including white working class pupils.

This inquiry will examine the extent of the achievement gap between this group and their peers and how it is measured, alongside a consideration of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. It will also look at what the priorities should be for tackling this issue.

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.

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.

17 Apr 2020 Local authority commercial investment View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Local authorities have invested in commercial property for a long time, but there has been a recent step-change in the scale of activity. Estimated commercial property purchases for 2013-14 to 2015-16 were £460m; compared to an estimated £6.6bn for 2016-17 to 2018-19.The NAO’s report ‘Local authority commercial investment’ assesses whether MHCLG has effective oversight of the risks to the financial sustainability of local authorities due to their investments in commercial property.

The report finds that there has been a significant increase in out-of-area commercial property acquisition. There has also been an increase in acquisitions that are outside the acquiring authority’s LEP area. The report also finds that changes made by CIPFA and MHCLG to statutory guidance have not stopped some authorities borrowing large sums, to invest in commercial property. Commercial property acquisition is concentrated in a relatively small proportion of authorities. The NAO conclude that local auditors have raised concerns about the governance and risk management arrangements for investment activity in some authorities. The data MHCLG collects has limited usefulness for monitoring commercial activity and assessing its risks.

The Committee will question officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government on gaps in commercial skills in local government, and the extent to which the Department formally monitors commercial activity and long-term exposure to risk.

The Committee will also ask officials about the Ministry’s response to COVID-19, and what impact the pandemic has had on local government finances.

The NAO’s February 2020 report on ‘Local authority commercial investment’ assesses whether MHCLG has effective oversight of the risks to the financial sustainability of local authorities due to their investments in commercial property.

1 Dec 2020 Local Authority Financial Sustainability and the Section 114 Regime View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will consider the scale and depth of financial sustainability issues within local authorities with the potential to lead to the issuing of S114 notices, including the effect of commercial investments and the impact of Covid-19, and the role of central government in helping councils avoid this outcome.

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

Submit Evidence
1 May 2021

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.

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. 

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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)

Submit Evidence
14 May 2021

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.

27 May 2020 Management of tax reliefs View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee has opened an inquiry into the UK’s management of “tax expenditures”: tax reliefs which are granted on certain activities or goods.

There are two broad categories of tax reliefs: structural tax reliefs that are integral parts of the tax system - like the basic rate of income tax relief - and non-structural tax reliefs or “tax expenditures” where the government opts not to collect a portion of tax for social or economic objectives -  like tax credits for companies’ research and development costs, or income tax relief on pension contributions.

Some tax expenditures simply reflect a policy choice by ministers to support particular groups or sectors, like the housing market, while others are designed to incentivise behaviour by making a choice more or less expensive. 

In the UK the largest tax expenditures are the reliefs on pension contributions, not charging VAT on food and new dwellings, and not charging capital gains tax on people’s main home. Tax “expenditures” reduce the amount of tax collected, rather than allocating tax resources after they’re collected as in the traditional idea of public spending.

The UK tax system has over 300 of this kind of tax reliefs, which cost the Government an estimated £155 billion of foregone tax revenues in 2018-19, but National Audit Office evaluations have shown that the impact of applying different tax reliefs is not guaranteed, and many require careful monitoring to ensure the tax expenditure, the tax revenue given up, is “money well spent”.

In a report published in February this year the NAO repeated previous concerns about the effectiveness of HM Treasury’s and HM Revenue & Customs management of tax expenditures. It found that there is no formal framework governing the administration or oversight of tax expenditures, and that while HMRC and HM Treasury have begun welcome steps to increase their oversight of tax expenditures and more actively consider their value for money, these will not be sufficient on their own to address value-for-money concerns.

To do that, the NAO found that the departments must formally establish their accountabilities for tax expenditures and enable greater transparency, pointing to lessons that can be learned from other countries that have established clear arrangements for evaluating and reporting on tax expenditures, and calling on HM Treasury and HMRC to follow suit by clarifying arrangements for value for money and improving the evaluation and public reporting of tax expenditures.

Later in June the Committee will question officials from HM Treasury, and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, on management of tax reliefs, the number of reliefs and the Government’s understanding of whether they represent value for money. 

The Committee is now inviting evidence on the questions of accountability and value for money in tax expenditures raised by the NAO report: please make your submissions here before close of Friday 5 June 2020

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.

 

18 Mar 2021 Mineworkers' Pension Scheme View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

The BEIS Committee is holding a short inquiry into the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, and in particular the Scheme’s surplus sharing arrangements.

When British Coal was privatised in 1994, an agreement was made between the Government and the Trustees of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS) on future arrangements for pensions.

The Government guaranteed that pensioners would always receive the benefits they had earned up to privatisation, and that these benefits would increase in line with inflation. However, in return for this guarantee, the Government is also entitled to receive 50% of any surplus in the Scheme’s value at subsequent valuations (to the extent that these funds are not needed to maintain benefits). The remaining 50% of the surplus is to be distributed to pensioners through improved benefits. The Government has maintained that this arrangement works well. On 23 December 2020, a group of MPs representing coalfield communities wrote to the Chair of the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee calling for an inquiry into the surplus sharing arrangements. The letter highlights that the Government has received over £4 billion from the scheme, but has made no contribution to it since 1994.

The BEIS Committee will inquire into how the surplus-sharing arrangements were agreed, the Government's role as Guarantor of the Scheme, and the continued appropriateness of the 50:50 split.

The Committee welcomes evidence submissions from organisations and individuals with views on the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, and in particular from retired miners and beneficiaries of the Scheme.

10 Feb 2021 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20 View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (Commons Select committee)

In this one-off session with the MHCLG Permanent Secretary, the Committee will examine the performance of MHCLG in the financial year 2019-20 and touch on a range of issues within the Department’s remit. This Committee will examine the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the funding of local government, and the ongoing remediation of dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings.

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.

6 Jul 2020 My Scottish Affairs 2020 View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Scottish Affairs Committee embarks on an engagement mission that will see the ideas and concerns of the public in Scotland become an inquiry. The Committee wants to hear your ideas about what areas it should look into.

Suggestions should be submitted via this short form, where you can outline briefly

- what policy area your idea relates to and;

- why it deserves attention

A selection of the proposals will be shortlisted for an opportunity to present to the Committee later this year. This will help the Committee Members learn more about the issues you have raised before taking a final decision on subjects to launch an inquiry on.

The Committee will be selecting submissions based on merit. It will be looking for inquiries that are within the Committee’s remit, are timely, have potential for high impact, bring a new issue to the forefront or a fresh perspective to an existing problem.

The Committee values diversity and encourages proposals from people it wouldn't normally hear from, and suggestions for work in areas that it has not previously considered.

The deadline to submit inquiry ideas is Monday 31 August 2020.

Read the FAQs here. If you have any questions, please contact scotaffcom@parliament.uk

Good luck!

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
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.

27 Jan 2021 NATO, US 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.

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

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.

12 Feb 2021 Next steps for deposit return schemes View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Environmental Audit Committee is examining how deposit return schemes for drinks containers might be introduced so as to increase the proportion of such packaging which is recycled and to reduce the environmental damage from littering.

15 Jun 2020 NHS nursing workforce View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

Despite a range of actions to resolve the long term issue of workforce shortages in nursing, including tackling worsening retention rates, problems have persisted.  

The NHS Long Term Plan signalled the need for an increase in the number of nurses, and in December 2019 the government confirmed its pledge of 50,000 more NHS nurses by 2024. It also announced the reintroduction of maintenance grants for nursing students from September 2020. 

The NAO’s report ‘NHS nursing workforce’ sets out the scale of the NHS nursing workforce challenge, and the challenges that any future plan must address. 

The report finds that despite overall increases in the numbers of nurses over the last 10 years, the NHS does not have the nurses it needs: it now has around 40,000 nursing vacancies, or 12% of posts.  

It also finds that the NHS Long Term Plan acknowledged that “the biggest shortfall [is] in nursing” - but did not include any detailed plans on what nursing workforce was needed to deliver on its ambitions.  

Planning to secure the workforce needed to meet the Long Term Plan commitments has been delayed, with the plan originally promised in 2019 now scheduled for Spring 2020. 

The Committee will question officials from the Department for Health and Social Care, NHS England and Improvement, and Health Education England, on what action is now being taken to address these long term problems in the NHS nursing workforce,  and what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has on current and future plans.  

If you have evidence on the issues raised in this inquiry please submit it here by 5.30pm Thursday 16 July 2020.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
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.

22 Sep 2020 One off session: The impact of coronavirus on children’s education View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

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

No description available

14 Sep 2020 Online harms and the ethics of data View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation (Commons Select committee)

No description available

24 Sep 2020 Open Skies and New START View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee held an evidence session on the importance of the Open Skies Treaty, the prospects for the extension of New START and the effectiveness of the UK Government’s advocacy on these issues.

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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

22 Sep 2020 Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Scrutiny 2019-20 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 2019/20.

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.

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.

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

Submit Evidence
30 Apr 2021

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.

27 Oct 2020 Pet Smuggling View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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.

Sign up to our Post-Pandemic Economic Growth mailing list to receive updates about this inquiry as it progresses.

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

In our inquiry into Post-pandemic economic growth: Industrial strategy we will look at the options available to Government to secure our economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

We will want to examine whether the Government’s current industrial strategy is fit for purpose, whether it is genuinely strategic, and whether it is focused on the right sectors, issues and policy areas. We want to look at whether the Government’s Industrial Strategy is properly designed and implemented to encourage the growth of a more productive, inclusive and sustainable economy which generates wealth, innovation and high-quality jobs.

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

Sign up to our Post-Pandemic Economic Growth mailing list to receive updates about this inquiry as it progresses.

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.

Sign up to our Post-Pandemic Economic Growth mailing list to receive updates about this inquiry as it progresses.

6 Jan 2021 Post-Transition management of the border View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the impact of changes in operation at the UK’s borders after the UK left the EU single market at the start of 2021. It will examine the effectiveness of the Government’s new Border Operation Model, what risks exist to the smooth operation of the border over the next year, and how well the UK’s security has been considered in the design of new border systems and processes.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry

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

No description available

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)

No description available

3 Mar 2020 Programming sub-Committee View sample
Environment Bill Programming Sub Committee (Commons General committee)

No description available

16 Jul 2020 Progress in delivering the British Army’s armoured vehicle capability View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will focus on the procurement and use of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) and ask whether more must be done to ensure the Army’s ability to deploy an armoured devision.

This inquiry will attempt to understand how the Army envisages employing their AFVs in future operations. Additionally, it will examine the procurement of AFVs, including how much has been spent procuring AFVs over the last 20 years and how many vehicles have been acquired. The inquiry will ask which capabilities have been sacrificed in order to fund overruns in its core armoured vehicles and which key gaps are emerging with the Army’s armoured vehicle capability.

The Committee will ask whether the Army is currently on track to be able to field the Strike Brigades and armoured division in line with the recommendations of the 2015 SDSR, and how flexible the army can be in adapting its current armoured vehicle plans to the results of the Integrated Review. The Committee will ask whether the Army will be able to match the potential threat posed by peer adversaries by 2025.

9 Mar 2020 Progress on devolution in England View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government 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.

5 Feb 2020 Proposals for backbench debates View sample
Backbench Business Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

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)

Submit Evidence
14 May 2021

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.

 

6 Feb 2019 Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland View sample
European Union Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is one of the most significant elements of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement. Its purpose is to maintain "continued North-South cooperation" and avoid a "hard border" on the island of Ireland, while protecting the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement "in all its dimensions".

In this inquiry, the EU Select Committee will examine:

  • The political, legal and economic implications of the Protocol for Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the UK, with Ireland, and with the EU as a whole
  • The practical operation of the Protocol, in particular for business based in or trading with Northern Ireland
  • The significance of the decisions to be made during 2020 by the UK-EU Joint Committee on the application of the Protocol
  • How Westminster and the Northern Ireland Assembly should seek to scrutinise the operation of the Protocol

18 Jun 2020 Public Sector Procurement of Food View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

In 2014, Defra published “A Plan for Public Procurement,” which showed that in 2010, the UK public sector spent over £2.4 billion annually on procuring food for beneficiaries including schools, hospitals, prisons, government agencies, and care homes. The Plan outlined new standards and guidelines for food procurement by public bodies, focusing on economic competitiveness, nutrition, and the production process. The report established a revised Government Buying Standard (GBS) and a ‘balanced scorecard’ for public procurement as part of a toolkit for food procurers of public bodies. Recently, there have been calls for the National Food Strategy commissioned by Defra to address food procurement.

Public procurement is currently governed by EU rules. The 2019 Conservative Party manifesto stated: “When we leave the EU, we will be able to encourage the public sector to ‘Buy British’ to support our farmers and reduce environmental costs”. After the transition period ends, the UK can change procurement rules, though this will be subject to other agreements, including the future relationship with the EU.

29 May 2020 Public services: lessons from coronavirus View sample
Public Services Committee (Lords Select committee)

In our first inquiry, the Committee will examine what the experience of the coronavirus outbreak can tell us about the future role, priorities and shape of public services. The inquiry will focus on four key areas: the integration of services; inequalities in access and outcome; the relationship between local and national services; and the role of civil society—the private sector, charities, volunteers and community groups—during coronavirus.

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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.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
4 Dec 2020 Railway Infrastructure in Wales View sample
Welsh Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

We will look at where responsibility lies for the management of rail infrastructure in Wales, how funding is allocated to rail infrastructure projects across the UK and the share of investment Wales has received since 1994. We will also look at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the rail network in Wales, and the potential opportunities of the Union Connectivity Review.

Read the inquiry launch and terms of reference

 

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

 

19 Mar 2021 Renewable energy in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
15 May 2021

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

23 Nov 2020 Renewable energy in Wales View sample
Welsh Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

We will look at how the UK Government, in cooperation with Welsh Ministers, can best support the development of renewable energy in Wales. This will include the potential significance of COP26 for Wales.

Read the inquiry launch and terms of reference

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

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.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
24 Jul 2020 Safety of maternity services in England View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

Recurrent failings in maternity services and what action is needed to improve safety for mothers and babies is the focus of this new inquiry launched by the Health and Social Care Committee. The Safety of Maternity Services in England inquiry will examine evidence relating to ongoing concerns despite the substantial amount of work carried out in recent years.  

The Committee will build upon investigations that followed incidents at East Kent Hospitals University Trust and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as the inquiry into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.  

MPs will also consider whether clinical negligence and litigation processes need to be changed to improve the safety of maternity services, as well as the extent to which a “blame culture” affects medical advice and decision-making.  

1 Jun 2019 Sanctions View sample
Committee on Standards (Commons Select committee)

The Committee on Standards is continuing its inquiry into possible reforms to the system of sanctions for breaches of the rules set out in the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament. 

There are currently a range of sanctions that may be imposed on Members who are found to have breached the rules.  These include oral or written apologies, suspension of salary, suspension from the service of the House for a specified period, or expulsion.  The Committee will consider the purpose of sanctions, whether the current range of sanctions is satisfactory, how effectively they can be enforced, and if there should be additional options of varying severity, between apology and suspension.  The Committee will also consider how the sanctions it recommends or imposes interact with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards’ rectification procedure.

Parliament’s Behaviour Code ( PDF 440 KB) has been adopted by both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, supported by an Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme (ICGS).  In light of these developments, the Committee’s aim is to ensure that the House has a robust, fair and enforceable system of sanctions which are fit for purpose.

15 Dec 2020 Scotland and the Shared Prosperity Fund View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Scottish Affairs Committee will examine what the Shared Prosperity fund means for Scotland, including how the recent Spending Review affects the delivery of the Fund and the nation’s allocation. The Committee will also examine how Scotland’s priorities will be incorporated into the final plans for the fund.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

27 Jan 2021 Seafood and Meat Exports to the EU View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Delays at the UK/EU border have meant that seafood and meat exporters to the EU have reported losing money and trade since the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1st. In this inquiry the EFRA Committee is looking at what caused the delays; the impact of the new customs and other requirements on seafood and meat exports to the EU; and how the UK Government is, and should be, supporting them.

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.

27 Jul 2020 Selecting towns for the Towns Fund View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

On 27 July 2019, the government announced the £3.6 billion Towns Fund for England, to support towns that currently do not have the right conditions to develop and sustain strong local economies and recognising that many towns have not benefited from the growth experienced by cities over recent decades.  

Its aim is to provide a selection of struggling towns across England with funding to address issues such as ageing populations, limited regional economic opportunities and lack of investment.   

In September 2019, MHCLG published its selection of 101 towns across England to be invited to bid for up to £25m each. Concerns were raised in the media, including by some MPs, over the lack of transparency of in the selection process, with some observers suggesting the selection of towns was politically motivated.  

MHCLG has not published information on the selection process and the NAO report published 21 July 2020 on the selection process for the funding was the first time the details have been made public.  

The selection process comprised two stages: an initial assessment by MHCLG officials, scoring all towns across England against a range of criteria - followed by the selection, by ministers, of 101 towns to be invited to bid for Town Deals.     

The Committee will question senior officials from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by Thursday 10 September 2020.  

6 Jul 2020 Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps View sample
International Development Committee (Commons Select committee)

This Committee agreed early in this Parliament to draw up a comprehensive re-examination of progress taken to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. Our focus is the aid recipients who become victims and survivors of abuse at the hands of individuals working in the sector. This inquiry will consider the support needed by victims and survivors to secure justice and rebuild their lives when they have experienced abuse, what can be done to change the culture in the aid sector to prevent it from occurring in the first place, and how the new Foreign Affairs and Development Office (FCDO) should take this work forward.

Terms of Reference: Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps

Written evidence

The written evidence deadline for this inquiry passed on the 19 August, however in order to accept later submissions we have kept the submission form open until Wednesday 9 September.

13 Jun 2019 Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry View sample
Gambling Industry Committee (Lords Select committee)

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10 Mar 2020 Social care: funding and workforce View sample
Health and Social Care Committee (Commons Select committee)

The reopened Social care: funding and workforce inquiry seeks to establish how much extra money would need to be spent by government in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on the NHS. Shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead will also be considered.

The inquiry was paused in March to allow the committee to focus its efforts on the crisis posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus. In addition to the previously announced Terms of Reference, the inquiry will also consider what further reforms are needed to the long-term social care funding system.

 

Terms of reference:

  • What impact is the current social care funding situation having on the NHS and on people who need social care? 
  • What level of funding is required in each of the next five years to address this?
  • What is the extent of current workforce shortages in social care, how will they change over the next five years, and how do they need to be addressed? 
  • NEW What further reforms are needed to the social care funding system in the long term?

 

Submitting evidence:

The Committee welcomes short evidence submissions addressing the issues raised in the Terms of Reference. The original deadline was 5 June and submissions made by that date have been received and [will be] made available to the Committee [shortly], but evidence will be accepted throughout the course of the inquiry

More information on our inquiries and on how to submit evidence can be found on our website

16 Oct 2020 Sport in our communities View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee is seeking views on sport in our communities by Monday 16 November. The financial viability of community sports clubs is in doubt, with the future of many at risk even before the pandemic. The DCMS Committee wants to identify specific actions the Government can take to guarantee the future survival of the community sports sector. The Committee is looking into sports governance, funding and the case for elite professional sports to support the lower leagues and grassroots. 

Terms of Reference:

The DCMS Committee is inviting written submissions on sport in our communities by Friday 16 November that address the following areas:

  • Are current sports governance models fit for purpose?
    • At what level of sport should the government consider spending public money?
  • What are the biggest risks to the long-term viability of grassroots sport?
    • What key measures could the Government introduce to increase the resilience of sports clubs and venues?
  • To what extent should elite professional sports support the lower leagues and grassroots?
    • How should the Government make this happen?

8 Jul 2020 Supporting our high streets after COVID-19 View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government 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.

25 Mar 2021 Sustainability of the built environment View sample
Environmental Audit Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
15 May 2021

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.

27 Jul 2020 Tackling the tax gap View sample
Public Accounts Committee (Commons Select committee)

The “tax gap” is the difference between the amount of tax that should, in theory, be paid to HMRC, and what is actually paid.

HMRC relies heavily on taxpayers - individuals and organisations - reporting their finances and paying their taxes in line with the rules. In the last financial year, 2018-19, it collected 90% of the tax owed through this “voluntary compliance” and payment of tax. 

Inevitably some taxpayers make mistakes, others choose not to comply fully, and some cannot pay because of insolvency.   Taxpayers can genuinely interpret tax rules differently from HMRC - or construct artificial arrangements to avoid tax.  

In 2018-19, HMRC reported a new record tax revenue of £627.9 billion - an increase of £22.1 billion (3.6%) on the year before.  

But the tax gap, of tax owed “by the book” but not paid, was £31 billion or 4.7% of the total tax owed – though this is down from a peak tax gap of 7.2% in 2014.  

The state of the economy, how many people in are in self-employment or employed, and the perceived fairness of tax policy - all these and other factors can affect how many voluntarily pay completely the right tax.

Tax administrators like HMRC can increase tax revenue by encouraging “voluntary compliance”, but also of course by stopping non-compliance. Keeping the tax gap low is always a challenge because taxpayers continually change their behaviour to exploit “opportunities” in the tax system. 

The NAO report “Tackling the tax gap” published 22 July 2020 found that HMRC’s work to tackle non-compliance is offering good value for money. HMRC has successfully reduced the tax gap by targeting the factors underpinning non-compliant behaviour - which recently included a series of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes.  

But the NAO also found that HMRC has not extended these successes to the cases where taxpayers are bending the rules, or don’t take reasonable care they’re paying the right tax, and there are questions about the focus and resource HMRC dedicates to tackling the tax gap across big business, SMEs and individuals.  

In September, the Committee will question senior Government officials on how effectively HMRC is tackling the tax gap. If you have evidence on the issues raised above, please submit it here by Thursday 27 August.  

11 Feb 2021 Take up of the COVID-19 vaccines in BAME communities and women View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

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)

Submit Evidence
11 May 2021

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.

9 Nov 2020 Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Tidal Power 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 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 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.

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

9 Mar 2021 The Civil Service Commission View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Civil Service Commission is an executive non-departmental body sponsored by the Cabinet Office. It is established by statute to oversee and regulate recruitment to the CIvil Service and to adjudicate complaints brought under the CIvil Service Code. This hearing covers the work of the Commission, including the scrutiny of its Annual Report and Accounts.

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 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

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.

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”.

20 Mar 2020 The FCDO 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 FCDO’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.

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 Feb 2020 The future of journalism View sample
Communications and Digital Committee (Lords Select committee)

Digital technologies have called into question what journalism is, in a society in which journalistic content takes an ever-wider range of forms and in which it is easier than ever for citizens to act as journalists. This inquiry will investigate how digital technologies are changing the production and consumption of journalism, how journalists can be supported to adapt to those changes, and how the profession can become more trusted by—and representative of—the general population.

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.

27 Mar 2020 The future of public service broadcasting View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee announces an inquiry into ‘The future of public service broadcasting’. The inquiry will look at the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) within the wider media and digital ecology, including funding, content and regulation of PSBs and how this compares with alternative subscription, streaming services and Freeview services.

In addition to the BBC, there are a number of other broadcasters across the UK with PSB responsibilities: ITV (Channel 3), Channel 4, Channel 5 operate nationally, and STV (Scotland), S4C (Wales) and UTV (Northern Ireland) operate in the devolved nations.

The BBC’s remit is set out in its Charter, whereas ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are provided for in the Communications Act 2003. The main priority of a PSB is to broadcast content intended for the public benefit, rather than for commercial gain.

The TV licence fee is currently a legal obligation for anyone wishing to watch live broadcast television or use the BBC’s catch-up service, iPlayer. In January 2020, DCMS announced an open consultation on decriminalisation of licence fee evasion, to end on 1 April. The cost of funding free licence fees for over-75s will transfer to the BBC in June 2020. The inquiry will examine these developments as part of a broader examination of funding models, and consequential effects on the finances of the BBC, including pay and cuts to some parts of the service.

The inquiry will also examine the impact of technological innovation in the sector – for example, streaming services – on all PSBs.

8 Oct 2020 The future of the planning system in England View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government 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.

6 Nov 2020 The future of UK music festivals View sample
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (Commons Select committee)

MPs will examine what support is needed for UK music festivals to return in 2021, as they consider the economic and cultural impact of festivals across the country.

With the vast majority of festivals cancelled in 2020 owing to COVID-19, the sector’s revenues have dropped by 90%. The predominantly freelance workforce and other parts of the festival supply chain have been similarly affected. However, social distancing requirements and public health uncertainty present further risks for festival organisers.

MPs will consider how to secure festivals in the face of these immediate pressures and other long-term challenges.

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.

22 Sep 2020 The Government’s Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

At the last election, the Government committed, in its first year, to setting up a “Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission” to look at “the broader aspects of our constitution” and “come up with proposals to restore trust in our institutions and in how our democracy operates”. The Government outlined a range of areas the Commission would focus on:

• the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the courts;

• the functioning of the Royal Prerogative;

• the role of the House of Lords;

• access to justice for ordinary people;

• the ability of our security services to defend us against terrorism and organised crime;

• ensuring a “proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government” by updating the Human Rights Act; and

• judicial review: ensuring its availability “to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state” but “ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays”. (Conservative Party Manifesto, p. 48)

So far, the Government have made no announcements about the form or timing of the Commission beyond the commitments made in the Conservative Manifesto and Queen’s speech.

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.

 

13 Mar 2020 The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

25 Mar 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services View sample
Education Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will look at how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector and children’s social care system and will scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation.

It will examine both short term impacts, such as the effects of school closures and exam cancellations, as well as longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children.

23 Sep 2020 The Integrated Review – Threats, Capabilities and Concepts View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

On 13 August 2020, the Committee published a report into how the Government should conduct an Integrated Review of our Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. Phase II of this inquiry will use the findings of that report as a framework to assess the threats and risks to the UK and identify the defence capabilities, concepts and doctrine that are required to respond to them.

5 Mar 2020 The Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

During the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, the Government announced plans to conduct an Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review. Heralded as “the most radical reassessment of [the UK’s] place in the world since the end of the Cold War”, the review promises to “cover all aspects of international policy from defence to diplomacy and development”.

In the first phase of this inquiry, the Defence Committee is exploring how Government should conduct this exercise. The Committee is looking to identify lessons learned from the timing, methodology and structure of previous reviews of the UK’s security and defence and consider international best practice. The Committee will then use the findings of this inquiry as a framework to collect evidence on the future of UK defence in Phase II of this inquiry.

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.

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.

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.

23 Sep 2020 The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office View sample
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The status of the Prime Minister’s Office (“Number 10”) is opaque.

The gov.uk website description says “the office helps the Prime Minister to establish and deliver the government’s overall strategy and policy priorities, and to communicate the government’s policies to Parliament, the public and international audiences.”

Nominally, it is a part of the Cabinet Office, yet it is largely operationally distinct. Its functional relationship with the Cabinet Office is unclear.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into the role and status of Number 10.

4 Dec 2020 The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (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) (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.

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.

6 Mar 2020 The Security of 5G View sample
Defence Sub-Committee (Commons Select committee)

5G is the next generation of mobile communications technology and is expected to offer faster mobile broadband connections and the ability to connect a greater number of devices online. The UK Government has said it wants to be a global leader in 5G and the rollout of 5G has already began in many areas. However, there are several challenges associated with 5G rollout, chief amongst these are concerns overs the security of 5G networks. Concerns have been raised in Parliament, relevant industries, academia and by the press regarding the use of equipment in 5G networks that has been supplied by foreign companies, focussing on Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei. There are concerns about the security standards of Huawei equipment in general, the extent to which Chinese law could compel the company to assist the State’s intelligence services, coupled with broader ethical and ideological concerns about the growing global presence of Chinese technology companies. Some countries, for example the USA and Australia, have restricted the role that foreign telecommunications providers can play in national 5G and/or telecoms networks. There have been some calls for the UK Government to follow suit and take a stricter approach to Huawei in UK 5G networks, including reported pressure from the US on its allies to ban the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

In January 2020, the UK’s National Security Council made the decision to exclude Huawei technology from the most sensitive parts of the UK’s 5G network, while allowing it to supply peripheral components such as mobile phone masts and antennae.

26 Oct 2020 The Spending Review and Local Government Finance View sample
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (Commons Select committee)

In this new inquiry, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will consider what approach the Government should take to funding local government as part of the 2020 spending review. It will investigate the current financial health of local authorities and their ability to deliver services, including the additional pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of continued delays to the multi-year spending review, the Committee will also examine the impact of single year settlements on the ability of councils to plan and deliver services in the long-terms.

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.

 

17 Mar 2020 The UK and Iran View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will explore the basis of the engagement between the UK and Iran, what it has comprised, and how successful it has been in securing the UK’s foreign-policy objectives.

As well as considering both sides of the bilateral relationship, the inquiry will also look at the approaches and priorities that the FCO has pursued in multilateral diplomacy.

29 Jul 2019 The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

In August 2018 the then Prime Minister said the UK was "seeking to work more closely with the more than 50 nations of Africa to deliver our shared security and prosperity, and through this strengthening a global system that is capable of delivering lasting benefits for all”. She emphasised the importance of inclusive growth, and said the Government would “put our development budget and expertise at the centre of our partnership".

In 2015 the African Union outlined, in Agenda 2063, its strategy to achieve the Pan African Vision of "An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena".

In February 2019, the UK and the AU signed a Joint Communiqué on the African Union-United Kingdom Partnership. This set out "a broad range of shared priorities in support of the African Union’s objectives for the Continent and a shared vision for a prosperous, secure and innovative future for Africa, tackling common challenges such as climate change, and making the most of opportunities such as increasing trade links and the dynamism of Africa’s youthful population".

The Committee’s inquiry will focus on how the UK can best support the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the areas for co-operation set out in the 2019 AU-UK Joint Communiqué.

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)

No description available

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.

18 Jun 2020 The UK’s role in strengthening multilateral organisations View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The ways in which states engage with multilateral organisations is changing. Increasingly, smaller groups of like-minded states are taking collective action to shape the agenda and influence policy. There has been a rise in influence of states who are members of multilateral organisations, but do not necessarily share all their values; this can lead to the exploitation of vulnerabilities for their own internal or foreign policy objectives.

This inquiry will focus on the role of the FCO in exerting the UKs influence within these organisations and examine how it might drive reform in order to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and misuse.

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.

24 Mar 2020 The work of DEFRA View sample
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

Separate to our inquiries the Committee holds regular evidence sessions with the Secretary of State, other Defra Ministers and senior officials to question them on the work of the Department. The transcripts of those sessions and follow up written evidence is collected here.

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 2020 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.

10 Mar 2020 The work of the Lord Chancellor View sample
Justice Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of our scrutiny of the Ministry of Justice, the Committee holds hearings with the Lord Chancellor to discuss key issues facing the Department.

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

No description available

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

22 Oct 2020 Trains fit for the future? View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

The inquiry will examine how technologies such as electric, hydrogen and battery can be deployed to reduce the rail industry’s reliance on diesel-only trains.

Read written evidence submitted in the previous Parliament.

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 Other 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.

 

8 Sep 2020 UK Customs Policy View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry looks at the UK’s proposed customs policies and procedures once the transition period expires on 31 December 2020.

Terms of reference

1. Will the UK be ready to collect all customs and duties that fall due as a result of cross-border transport of goods from 1 January 2021?

2. What new controls need to be carried out by UK customs officials?

3. What costs and burdens does the new customs regime place on UK businesses and what plans does the Government have to minimise these?

4. Has the Government made adequate preparations for its new customs policy to be ready?

5. Has the Government provided business with sufficient support to make sure business is ready?

6. What mitigations are in place to prevent fraud and smuggling during Stage 1 and Stage 2 (1 January 2021 – 30 June 2021) in which full checks will not be carried out?

7. Why is the Government introducing its new checks in phases?• Is the Government’s phased approach too fast, or too slow?

8. What additional resources will the UK require to administer its new external border customs regime?

9. Which sectors are most exposed to the new customs processes?

10. Will concluding a trade deal with the EU mitigate against the full set of checks and customs duty requirements?

11. What level of agreement with the EU would mitigate against a full set of customs checks?

12. What should the UK Government’s duty-free shopping policy be?

13. Which third countries’ tariff schedules, customs policies, and infrastructure can the UK learn from, or use as a framework for designing its own?

14. Which opportunities exist from new technology to facilitate the UK’s customs process?

9 Oct 2020 UK Emissions Trading System Common Framework View sample
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Commons Select committee)

No description available

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) (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. 

9 Apr 2020 UK telecommunications infrastructure and the UK’s domestic capability View sample
Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (Commons Select committee)

The next generation of mobile telecommunications (known as ‘5G’) promises faster download speeds, more reliable connections and technical abilities that enable new systems such as autonomous vehicles or connected health devices.

In January 2020, the Government announced that it would allow Huawei and other “high risk vendors” to supply “non-sensitive” elements of the UK’s 5G telecommunications networks, despite security concerns.

The issue highlighted the UK’s lack of domestic capability to supply these networks. In rejecting US calls for a complete ban on Huawei equipment, the Prime Minister acknowledged that a lack of alternatives to high-risk vendors influenced the decision.

In a statement to the House of Commons in February, the Foreign Secretary stated that there were only three major players (previously identified by a previous Government as Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson) who could supply key parts of the UK telecoms networks, and acknowledged this was a “market failure” which had implications for the “security and resilience” of UK networks.

Responding to concerns raised by Members of Parliament last month, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the House of Commons that the Government is not yet in a position “to set out a specific date or timetable for reaching no high-risk vendors” but that the Government would work with the “Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US and UK) and other partners” to develop new supply chain capacity in our national infrastructure during the course of the Parliament.

In this context, the Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry to understand how telecommunications capacity can be built in the UK. Specifically, the Committee would like to hear evidence on:

  • what led to the current lack of market competition among telecommunications equipment suppliers and the absence of a domestic supplier in the UK;
  • what are the major barriers to entry into the UK telecommunications market are and how these could be overcome;
  • the feasibility of the Government supporting the establishment and growth of a UK-based vendor of 5G equipment;
  • how the UK can work with international partners (such as the ‘Five Eyes’ countries) to build a domestic capacity;
  • measures the UK Government could take to encourage additional, established vendors to enter the UK market; and
  • in what timeframe the Government should look to build domestic capacity and remove all “high risk” vendors.

The Committee would welcome written evidence submissions on any of these points. Submissions should be sent to the Committee by Sunday 31 May 2020.

 

 

1 Apr 2020 UK trade negotiations View sample
International Trade Committee (Commons Select committee)

Submit Evidence
31 Dec 2021

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.  

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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?  

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.

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
EU International Agreements Sub-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)

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31 Dec 2021

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.

16 Jul 2020 UK-New Zealand trade negotiations View sample
EU International Agreements Sub-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.

9 Jun 2020 Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Watch a British Sign Language explainer video here.

From the Unequal Impact: coronavirus and the impact on people with protected characteristics inquiry, the Women and Equalities Committee is launching three sub-inquiries.

Read more about our decision to launch the sub-inquires here.

In this sub-inquiry, the Committee wants to explore the pre-existing inequalities facing BAME people and how these inequalities have impacted on their vulnerability to the virus. The Committee is also interested in solutions to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on BAME people. The Committee is particularly keen to hear from BAME people throughout this sub-inquiry.  

9 Jun 2020 Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact

The Women and Equalities Committee is launching three sub-inquiries, drawing on evidence to our Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics inquiry. Read more about our decision to launch the sub-inquires.

In this sub-inquiry, we want to look in more detail at how the economic impact of coronavirus has impacted men and women differently; for example, because of existing economic inequalities between men and women or the over-representation of women in certain types of work – but also because of actions the Government has taken. 

9 Jun 2020 Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services View sample
Women and Equalities Committee (Commons Select committee)

Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

Watch a British Sign Language explainer video here.

The Women and Equalities Committee is launching three sub-inquiries, drawing on evidence to our Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics inquiry.

Read more about our decision to launch the sub-inquires here.

In this sub-inquiry, we want to look in more detail at ways of easing some of the problems disabled people are facing when they need access to essential services during the pandemic. We’ll look at access to food, health and social care and education. We also want to think about how the Government could improve its communications and consultation with disabled people about guidance and policies that are having substantial effects on their daily lives. 

5 Mar 2020 Unfettered Access: Northern Ireland and customs arrangements after Brexit View sample
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

In this inquiry the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee scrutinises customs arrangements for goods moving in both directions between Northern Ireland and Great Britain under the revised Northern Ireland Protocol. This includes import-export requirements and customs checks, processes and declarations.

Read the terms of reference news item for the inquiry

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.

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.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
17 Dec 2020 Violence and abuse towards retail workers View sample
Home Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine barriers to the reporting of incidents of violence or abuse and victim satisfaction with the action taken by police and employers after an incident is reported. It will also explore whether a new offence of aggravated assaults against retail workers is required, and the adequacy of action taken by the Government on this issue following its 2019 call for evidence.

As part of this inquiry, the Committee has also launched a public survey to give individuals who have experienced these incidents the opportunity to explain what happened after an incident was reported. The survey will be open until Friday 15 January 2021 and can be found here.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the 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.

14 Oct 2020 Welfare policy in Scotland View sample
Scottish Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

The Committee launches an inquiry into the impact of welfare reform in Scotland. The inquiry will examine the effect of welfare policies on the lives of claimants and poverty and inequality levels more broadly in Scotland. It will assess the effectiveness of Scottish Choices which provide a unique degree of flexibility for those on Universal Credit in Scotland. It will also explore the consequences of Universal Credit policies specific to Scotland, including; inaccessibility in rural areas, and the issue of debt spiralling for those taking advanced payments.

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

27 Oct 2020 Work of Government Actuary’s Department View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

Scrutinising the work of the Government Actuary's Department.

30 Jun 2020 Work of the Chief of Defence Staff View sample
Defence Committee (Commons Select committee)

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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.

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.

9 Nov 2020 Work of the Financial Ombudsman Service View sample
Treasury Committee (Commons Select committee)

As part of its ongoing scrutiny of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Treasury Committee holds hearings with the Chief Ombudsman and CEO to discuss key issues facing the ombudsman service.

16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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16 Mar 2020 Work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

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22 Jun 2020 Work of the National Security Adviser View sample
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (Joint Select committee)

An evidence session with the National Security Adviser, Sir Mark Sedwill, to discuss his role and current national security issues.

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.

25 Jun 2020 World Health Organisation View sample
International Relations and Defence Committee (Lords Select committee)

The Committee’s short inquiry will consider the role of the World Health Organisation in co-ordinating global health responses, and its funding and governance.

23 Sep 2020 Written Parliamentary questions: Departmental performance in the 2017 Parliament View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

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23 Sep 2020 Written Parliamentary questions: monitoring in Session 2017–19 View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

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23 Sep 2020 Written Parliamentary questions: monitoring in Session 2019-21 View sample
Procedure Committee (Commons Select committee)

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
15 Sep 2020 Xinjiang detention camps View sample
Foreign Affairs Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will examine the ways in which the UK Government can stop prevent UK companies from benefitting from forced labour in Xinjiang, support members of the Uyghur diaspora community, and strengthen the UK Government’s, and particularly the FCDO’s, atrocity prevention mechanisms.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
16 Mar 2020 Young and novice drivers View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

Young drivers aged 17-24 account for seven percent of the UK’s driving licence holders but are involved in 20% of fatal and serious collisions. Concerned about these high collision and casualty rates, the Transport Select Committee returns to its inquiry to scrutinise the Government’s actions to reduce the risks of young and novice drivers being involved in a road traffic collision.

The deadline for submissions was 10 April 2020, however, the Committee is still accepting submissions.

Read the inquiry launch news story

Read the written evidence which the Committee received in the last Parliament

28 Jan 2021 Youth Unemployment View sample
Youth Unemployment Committee (Lords Select committee)

Submit Evidence
10 May 2021

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
18 Dec 2020 Zero emission vehicles and road pricing View sample
Transport Committee (Commons Select committee)

This inquiry will consider the implications of accelerating the shift to zero emission vehicles and the potential for introducing road pricing, or pay-as-you-drive, schemes.

The Transport Committee was one of the six commissioning committees behind the first UK-wide Climate Assembly, which published its report in September 2020. The Assembly put the emphasis on moving to electric vehicles and improving public transport rather than large reductions in car use. It also called for solutions which are accessible and affordable to all sections of society.

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Inquiry Opened Select Committee Status
9 Feb 2021 ‘Levelling up’ and public services View sample
Public Services Committee (Lords Select committee)

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