Powers of Committee of the whole House

29.37A Committee of the whole House can only consider those matters which have been referred to it, including any instruction. Where a bill has been committed to a Committee, the whole bill is the Committee's order of reference. A Committee of the whole House has no power to adjourn the sitting altogether, only to break informally (eg for a short break or in an emergency) or to resume the House. If consideration of the bill is not completed, the House is resumed on motion and can again go into committee later or on a future day. If on a division in Committee on a bill, fewer than 30 Lords Members have voted, the Chair declares the question not decided and the House resumes without question put. It goes into Committee again on the bill at a subsequent sitting,1 when the Chair begins by putting the question previously undecided.


  1. 1. SO No 57.