Division of a bill for the purposes of committal

28.64Standing Order No 63(3) provides that the Member in charge of a bill may move that the bill be committed to a public bill committee in respect of some of its provisions and to a Committee of the whole House in respect of other provisions. This provision has been used for Finance Bills when they are not programmed,1 and for some other government bills in recent years (see para 28.83 ). Notice is not obligatory if the motion is made immediately after second reading, but is normally given.2 When such a motion is opposed, the Speaker, after permitting, if they think fit, a brief explanatory statement from the Member who makes and from a Member who opposes the motion, is directed to put the question without further debate;3 and the motion may be decided after the moment of interruption. If the motion has other matter attached to it, as for example is customary in the case of hybrid bills, it is debatable.4


  1. For the most recent case of a Finance Bill subject to a split committal under SO No 63, see Votes and Proceedings, 26 April 2011.
  2. In the case of the Finance Bill 2005, notice of a motion had been given, but a different motion was made in order to meet the wishes of the House, HC Deb (2005–06) 434, cc 1132, 1213.
  3. HC Deb (1962–63) 669, c 343; CJ (1968–69) 240; ibid (1989–90) 316; ibid (1993–94) 25; ibid (29 April 2014) cc 707–69 (Notice of the motion was given in these cases).
  4. CJ (1956–57) 214; HC Deb (1957) 571, cc 673–83.