Unless the orders of reference have otherwise determined, the quorum for a select committee of the House of Lords is the same as that for the House, namely three1. A select committee invites the submission of such evidence as it may require2. Its proceedings are usually in public, but it is always within a committee's power to exclude strangers. Any lord, even if not a member of the committee, may attend and speak at its meetings, but may not attend any meeting while the committee deliberates (unless invited by the committee to do so), and may not vote
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