Role of the Committee
The House of Commons Liaison Committee is made up of the Chairs of each of the select committees.
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 topics to be debated in the main Chamber in backbench time
- 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.
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