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Formerly known as standing committees, public bill committees in the UK House of Commons exist to examine bills in detail after they have passed their second reading in the House so as to render them ‘more generally acceptable’ (Erskine May) before they receive their third reading. All committees are composed in proportion to party strength in the House, although membership is reconstituted for each bill according to MPs' skills and interests. In some legislatures attempts have been made to create committees which combine public bill and select committee functions, notably the subject committees of the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.


http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/committees/general.cfm UK Parliament site with information about public bill committees.

Subjects: Politics.

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