House of Commons select committees are largely concerned with examining the work of government departments.
Some select committees have a role that crosses departmental boundaries such as the Public Accounts or Environmental Audit Committees. Depending on the issue under consideration they can look at any or all of the government departments.
Select committee meetings usually take place in Parliament on Monday afternoons, all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
Each committee typically meets once each week, although committees meet twice if they are particularly busy. Meetings where evidence is taken do not usually last longer than three hours.
There is no system of tickets or advanced booking. Places are limited and visitors are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
It is worth checking the Parliamentary Calendar in order to see when committees are scheduled to meet.
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