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Select Committee podcast, Committee Corridor, returns for second series

11 October 2022

Committee Corridor, the podcast which showcases the work of the House of Commons select committees, returns for its second series on 13 October.  

The podcast demonstrates the day-to-day work done by cross-party committees and their members to help steer policy and decision-making in the interests of the people of the UK. 

The latest six-episode series will consider the causes, consequences and potential remedies of an issue that is touching every corner of the UK right now - the cost of living crisis.  

Each episode will take a different angle: from the impact on jobs and skills to national-level energy security; from the economic outlook to the choices facing households sandwiched between rising food and energy prices. 

Chair's quote

The new host, taking over from Tom Tugendhat, is Darren Jones MP, who chairs the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee:  

“The cost of living crisis is affecting millions of people, businesses and public services across the country. Why are we in a cost of living crisis and what can be done about it? Committee Corridor gives a window into the discussions we have in our select committees in Parliament, and the recommendations we make to Government to improve policy making."  

Each episode of Committee Corridor features an insight interview before the host turns to members of Parliament who work on committees with related inquiries. 

Episode 1

In this season’s first episode, Darren interviews Resolution Foundation chief, Torsten Bell, to ask how we got here, and the options ahead. The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for people on low to middle incomes.  

Darren is joined by Caroline Nokes, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee which holds the Government to account on equality law and policy. Caroline is a Conservative MP, representing Romsey and Southampton North.  

The Commons' Work and Pensions Committee has called for a more agile social security system which can adapt to turbulent economic times. Its Chair, Labour MP for East Ham, Sir Stephen Timms, completes the panel. 

Select Committees have become an established and critical part of the UK’s parliamentary democracy. Along the length of committee corridor within the Palace of Westminster and in Portcullis House, cross-party groups of MPs work together to investigate critical issues of the day and their findings directly to Government, who must respond. Recent examples include a Justice Committee report on never-ending IPP prison sentences after the law that allowed them was abolished, the BEIS Committee’s own energy pricing report, and a report by the Women and Equalities Committee on menopause and the workplace. 

Committee Corridor will be available from the UK Parliament website as well as all the usual podcast providers. A transcript of each episode will be published on the day of release.  You can listen back to season one on the Committee Corridor website or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Further information

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