Committee of the Whole House (United Kingdom)

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In the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the Committee of the Whole House is a committee of the whole of one of the two Houses.

In the House of Commons, the Committee of the Whole House is used instead of a standing committee for the committee stage (clause-by-clause debate) of important or contentious bills.[1] The Finance Bill is always sent to a Committee of the Whole House in the Commons.[2] The sitting is presided over by the Chairman of Ways and Means, rather than the Speaker of the House.[3]

In the House of Lords, the Committee of the Whole House examines the majority of bills.


  1. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (13 November 2017). "Theresa May just got to a crucial stage of the Brexit battle that could lead to her downfall". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Committee of the Whole House - Glossary page". UK Parliament.
  3. ^ "UK Politics - Committee of the whole House". BBC News. 14 August 2008.