House Business Committee
Established under the provisions of S.O. No. 171, the House Business Committee consists of: -
- the Speaker (chairperson);
- the Leader of the Majority Party;
- the Leader of the Minority Party; and
not less than twenty one and not more than twenty-nine members, nominated by parliamentary parties and approved by the House at the commencement of every Session, reflecting the relative majorities of the seats held by each of the parliamentary parties in the National Assembly and taking into consideration the interests of Independents.
The House Business Committee is appointed within seven days on assembly of a new House.
Each parliamentary party is required to include its Whip into the membership of the House Business Committee.
During the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker chairs the Committee
The House Business Committee is charged with the responsibility to: -
- prepare and , if necessary, from time to time adjust the Parliamentary Calendar with the approval of the House;
- monitor and oversee the implementation of the House Business and programmes.
- implement the Standing Orders respecting the scheduling or programming of the business of the House and the functioning of the Committees of the House;
- determine the order in which the reports of Committees shall be debated in the House;
- take decisions and issue directives and guidelines to prioritize or postpone any business of the House acting with the concurrence of the Leader of the Majority Party or the Leader of the Minority Party, as the case may be.
- consider such matters as may from time to time arise in connection with the business of the House and shall have and perform such powers and functions as are conferred on and ascribed to it by these Standing Orders or from time to time by the House.
The Chairperson and at least one third of the other members of the House Business Committee shall form a quorum.
If, for any reason, a member of the House Business Committee is unable to attend, the Leader in the House of the party which nominated that Member may appoint another Member in that Member’s place for the period for which the Member is unable to attend.