Liaison Committee


The House of Commons Liaison Committee is made up of the Chairs of each of the select committees. The Chair of the Liaison Committee is Rt Hon Andrew Tyrie MP.

The Committee’s role includes:

  • Taking evidence from the Prime Minister on matters of public policy – usually three times a year
  • Choosing select committee reports for debate in Westminster Hall
    Recommending which Government Departments’ Estimates are allocated for debate in the House of Commons on Estimates Days
  • Considering general matters relating to the work of select committees – agreeing guidelines and core tasks for committees and promoting effective scrutiny
  • Giving advice to the House of Commons Commission on select committee matters, as required, with responsibility for allocating funding for select committee travel
  • Deciding which committee is appropriate to scrutinise each proposal for a National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 (for which purpose the Committee has a National Policy Statements Sub-Committee)

The Committee takes a particular interest in encouraging effective committee scrutiny of:

  • Draft bills (pre-legislative scrutiny)
  • Government Departments’ finance and performance
  • European business
  • Public appointments (pre-appointment scrutiny)

Its functions and powers are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No.145.

More information can be found at:


Select Committee on Charities

The House of Lords appointed a Select Committee on Charities, to consider issues related to sustaining the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance, on 25 May 2016. Its reporting deadline is 31 March 2017. It is chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley OBE.

Its mission is to address, among others, the following key questions:

  • What examples are there of best practice in the sector in terms of
    transparency and accountability and how might these be expanded
    across the sector?
  • What should be the role of the Charity Commission in promoting
    trust in the sector? Has its regulatory role detracted from the more
    supportive elements of its work with charities?
  • What are the fiduciary duties of trustees?
  • What has been the impact of recent legislation such as the implementation
    of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade
    Union Administration Act 2014?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the recent controversies, and how
    might such problems be avoided in the future?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of the devolved
  • How can charities address the decline in public trust?


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