House of CommonsShort guide to procedure and practice

Committee of the whole House

The Committee of the whole House is the entire House sitting as a committee in the Chamber. It is presided over by the Chairman of Ways and Means or one of his deputies (sitting at the Clerk's Table), and the mace is placed under the Table instead of upon it. As in other committees, any Member may speak more than once on the same question. The Chairman or his deputy is addressed by name (as in a standing committee). The committee stages of bills of constitutional importance, urgent bills and parts of the Finance Bill are usually taken in Committee of the whole House instead of in standing committee. The Chairman's draft selection of amendments is placed in the No Lobby and elsewhere and on the Parliamentary Intranet's Bulletin Board.

Contact: Public Bill Office, 3255.


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Prepared 14 February 2001