Second reading committees

39.32Under Standing Order No 90, second reading committees are declared to be general committees, and the method of appointment relating to the latter applies (see para 39.3 ). Committees consider the bills referred to them (see para 28.53 ) and report to the House whether or not they recommend that the bill ought to be read a second time. If a committee recommends that a bill ought not to be read a second time, it may state its reasons for so recommending. (No second reading committee has exercised this power.) The rules governing a second reading debate in the House apply in second reading committees, so that, in particular, no Member may speak more than once except by leave of the committee.1


  1. 1. Stg Co Deb (1965–66) Second Reading Co, Misrepresentation Bill, c 3; 2RC Deb (2017–19) Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill, c 3.