Select committees1 are appointed by the House of Commons to consider or inquire into public matters and bills. Some select committees are provided for on a permanent basis under standing orders, such as the Committee of Public Accounts, the Committee of Privileges, and the Committee on Standards2, and some are related to government departments whom they are required to shadow3.
The chairs of most select committees are elected by the whole House4. Unless the House orders otherwise, no select committee may have as its chair any member of the House who has served as chair of that committee for the
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