Grand committee

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In Finland[edit]

The Grand Committee is a committee of the Parliament of Finland. It has special tasks related to Finland's membership in the European Union. It formulates the opinion of the parliament in questions of EU legislation. (Foreign and security policy is an exception, being handled by the Foreign Affairs Committee.) In addition, the Grand Committee deliberates the Bills that are referred to it after their first reading at a plenary session.

The Grand Committee also debates Bills that are referred to it by the plenary session of the Parliament. This happens very rarely.

The Grand Committee has 25 members and 13 deputy members. [1]

In the United Kingdom[edit]

The grand committees are committees of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom which are made up of all MPs from each of the constituent countries except England, together with some other MPs who are co-opted onto the committee.[2]

Grand Committees also exist in the House of Lords. The Lords' Grand Committees operate similarly to a Committee of the Whole, except for changes must be unanimously agree upon.[3]

In Rhode Island[edit]

A few of the powers of the Rhode Island Assembly can only be exercised if it meets as a whole, House of Representatives and Senate together, and such a meeting is known as a grand committee.


  1. ^ The Grand Committee - Parliament of Finland
  2. ^ Grand Committee
  3. ^ "What is a Grand Committee and what does it mean for Welfare Reform?". Retrieved 22 June 2012.