Did you know that much of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords takes place in select committees? Each select committee is made up of around 10 to 15 MPs or Lords and they examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy.
Select committees want to hear from people from all over the UK, who can help them find out more about a particular issue. When a select committee launches a new inquiry they often request written evidence, or information, from people who know about or are affected by the issue they are looking into. The committee will use this written evidence to help shape their inquiry. Later on, they may also ask some of the people who have given written evidence to meet with them to give oral, or spoken, evidence if they want more information.
Find out which inquiries are currently open for evidence on Parliament’s website, and how you can submit written evidence.