681. Select committees' scope of inquiry.

When a select committee is appointed to inquire into and to report to the House of Lords upon any given subject, the scope of its inquiry is defined and limited by the order of reference by which it is appointed1. However, when a bill is referred to the consideration of a committee, the bill itself constitutes the order of reference to the committee whose duty it is to examine, and, if necessary, to amend, the provisions of the proposed measure, and then to report it to the House