Committees on motions

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25.68On rare occasions when the House considers that the structure of debate set out above is too restrictive, it can go into Committee on a motion in order to allow ‘more freedom of debate’ (Standing Order No 61). The effect is to disapply Standing Order No 29, removing the limit on the number of times a Member of the Lords may speak on a motion. When the committee has concluded its discussion of the motion and any amendments to the motion it reports back to the House and its report is received.

The motion to go into Committee may be moved without notice, though warning is normally given by means of an italic note on the Order Paper.