Temporary Chairmen

4.38Under Standing Order No 4(1) it is the Speaker's duty to nominate at the commencement of every session a panel of not fewer than ten Members to act as temporary Chairmen of committees when so requested by the Chairman of Ways and Means. The Speaker may add further Members to the panel, or make substitution, during the course of the session.1 Temporary Chairmen may take the Chair in Committee of the whole House during the passage of bills which require a significant amount of debating time, at the request of the Chairman of Ways and Means.

From this same panel the Speaker appoints the Chairs of general committees (see para 39.6 ). The Panel of Chairs has the power to meet under the chairmanship of the Chairman of Ways and Means to discuss matters of procedure relating to general committees and to report its opinions to the House.2


  1. CJ (1945–46) 55, 278; ibid (1947–48) 43; ibid (1951–52) 147; ibid (1960–61) 127; ibid (1961–62) 105.
  2. SO No 85(4); CJ (1990–91) 13.