Bringing proceedings in Committee of the whole House to a conclusion

28.89Bills committed to Committee of the whole House are nowadays almost invariably committed in accordance with a programme order. Standing Order No 83D makes provision about the conclusion of proceedings in Committee of the whole House under a programme order if the time for those proceedings available under the order has been exhausted. The Chair must first put forthwith the following questions (but no others):

  1. any question already proposed from the Chair;
  2. any question necessary to bring to a decision a question so proposed;
  3. the question on any amendment, new clause or new schedule selected by the Chair for separate decision;
  4. the question on any amendment moved or motion made by a Minister; and
  5. any other question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

The authority for putting each question is recorded in the Journal.

On a motion made for a new clause or a new schedule, the Chair must put only the question that the clause or schedule be added to the bill. If two or more questions would fall to be put on successive amendments moved or motions made by a Minister, the Chair must instead put a single question in relation to those amendments or motions. Similarly, if two or more questions would fall to be put in relation to successive provisions of the bill (for example, that two or more clauses stand part of the bill), the Chair must instead put a single question in relation to them.1

A Minister has moved an amendment standing in the name of a private Member, which was in a group which had not been reached before the conclusion of proceedings, solely in order to enable the House to take a decision upon it.2

On conclusion of the proceedings in committee, the Chair reports the bill (or such of the bill's provisions as were committed to it) to the House without putting any question.3

Footnotes

  1. In this respect, the procedure under a programme order differs from that under an allocation of time order, where questions may be required to be put singly after the guillotine falls, HC Deb (2002–03) 405, c 275.
  2. HC Deb (2010–12) 516, cc 765–67.
  3. Where grave disorder arose at the close of proceedings in standing committee pursuant to a programme order, thereby frustrating the order of the House, the Chairman adjourned the committee without question put and reported the matter to the House, Stg Co Deb (2000–01), Co F (Criminal Justice and Police Bill), c 676. The House subsequently made an order deeming certain government amendments not considered by the committee to have been made and the bill to have been reported, CJ (2000–01) 195, 201.