Skip to main content

The procedure of the House of Commons and the territorial constitution


The Committee has been asked by the Speaker to examine options for Overseas Territories representation with the House of Commons Committee mechanism and proceedings more generally. The UK has 14 Overseas Territories (OTs). Ten of these are permanently inhabited by British nationals. Each inhabited territory has its own executive and legislatives branches as well as a UK-appointed Governor. The Committee is reopening its inquiry into the House of Commons and the territorial constitution and specifically seeks written evidence on:

    • The role of the UK Parliament in creating legislation that extends to British Overseas Territories and whether Overseas Territories are sufficiently represented in this process
    • Whether the House of Commons committee system offers a vehicle for joint working between the UK Parliament and the Overseas Territories
    • What level of representation for the Overseas Territories in the UK Parliament would be most effective
    • The procedural steps required to allow for a degree of Overseas Territories representation in UK parliamentary proceedings
    • How the arrangements for Overseas Territories compare with those of the Crown Dependencies, and whether there are any lessons to be learnt

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Saturday 30 September 2023.

Upcoming events

View all events

No upcoming events scheduled

Contact us

  • Email:
  • Phone: 020 7219 3351 (General enquiries) / 0207 219 0969 / (Media enquiries) / 18001 020 7219 3351 (text relay)
  • Address: Procedure Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA