Minority reports

40.34A report from a committee embodies the conclusions agreed to by the majority of its members, and members who dissent from the report1 may not make minority reports to be appended to it. Nor can members enter protests against a report. If a member disagrees to certain paragraphs in the report, or to the entire report, they can record their dissent by dividing the committee against those paragraphs, or against the entire report, as appropriate. Members may also put on record their observations and conclusions, as opposed to those of the majority, by proposing an alternative draft report or moving amendments to the draft. Any alternative draft or amendment on which a division takes place is recorded in full in the minutes of proceedings of the committee, published with the committee's report.2


  1. 1. HL Deb (16 June 1982) 431, c 632; ibid (17 June 1982) 431, cc 709–12.
  2. 2. HL Deb (29 July 1982) 434, c 362; ibid (16 February 1983) 439, c 222. See for example Fourteenth Report of the European Union Committee, HL 106 (2008–09), Appendix 2.