Introduction to Parliamentary Select Committee

Course Overview

“Select committees are a supple and adaptable tool …”. So reported the UK Parliament’s own Liaison Committee in 2019. But what are Select Committees? And what do they do and how do they do it?

This one-day programme introduces Parliamentary committees by exploring where they came from, why we have them and their role in modern Parliamentary systems. Our programme also explores how Select Committees work and the various roles of those that contribute to that work. And the crucial role Parliamentary Committees play in delivering good governance.

This highly participative programme uses a blend of information sharing, conversation, examination of case studies and video to explore the topic, led by our highly experienced facilitator.

The programme is aimed at those looking to build a foundation level understanding of Parliamentary Committees and is suitable for parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, civil servants … and anyone else that has an interest in how modern legislatures work.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this interactive programme will:

  • Understand the form and function of committees in a modern Parliament.
  • Be able to describe the different types of committee and the variety of role they deliver.
  • Examine the real-world impact of Parliamentary committees.

What Learners Say

Historic England

“ It was excellent, really thorough and based on lots of first hand experience. Interactivity built in wherever possible so we could learn from each other, too. “