Procedure of the House Committee

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40.60The Procedure and Privileges Committee considers proposals for changes in the procedure of the House and whether the standing orders require to be altered to give effect to such changes; and questions of parliamentary privilege. It also keeps the Companion to Standing Orders under review. It is chaired by the Senior Deputy Speaker, and has 19 members, including ex officio the Lord Speaker, the Leaders and Chief Whips of the main parties, and the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers. Its backbench Members and the Convenor have alternates.1 The committee has power to appoint sub-committees without special order of the House.2


  1. 1. LJ (2005–06) 426, 504.
  2. 2. For example, the Sub-Committee on Deregulation Orders, LJ (1993–94) 250.