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committee in the house in which it originates is now Chapter usually preceded by a resolution communicated to, and concurred in by, the other house affirming the expediency of such appointment. The house in which the joint committee originates appoints a committee consisting of a certain number of its members, and requests the other house to appoint a committee of a like number to form the joint committee, and sends it a message to that effect. An addition to the number of members of the joint committee is secured by the same method.
The circumstances and manner in which certain bills under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, are committed to joint committees are described in
Chapter XXXI. Lords It is the custom that the Lords should propose the time always propose time and place of meeting, whether the committee be first and place of meeting. and Consolidation Bills, 149 ib. 33; Anne's Bounty Board, 155 ib. 275;
150 ib. 95; 151 ib. 43 ; 152 ib. 27; 156 ib. 212; Widows and Orphans
Chapter desired by the Lords or by the Commons; and the com-
mittee of the Commons are directed to meet the Lords'
An instruction to a joint committee is governed by the Instrucrules which regulate instructions to committees of the whole house (see p. 478), and cannot, therefore, be drawn in a mandatory form, or to endow the committee with powers already possessed thereby. A joint committee has the same power of swearing witnesses as committees sitting separately, in the usual manner.2
In former times, committees of both houses have been Select comput in communication with each other. In 1861, also, communipower was given to the select committee on the business of the house to communicate, from time to time, with a select committee of the House of Lords upon the same subject. +
added to the committee in respect of individual bills, 151 ib. 167. 197,
1 Despatch of Public Business, 1869; Railway Companies, 1872; Joint Committee Proceedings, vols. vii. 178, and xiii. 102. See also proceedings and special report of joint committee on London Water
Bill, Parl. Paper, sess. 1902, No. 222, pp. iv., xxii.
2 Railway Amalgamation Bills committee, 1873.
3 In 1794, Corresponding Societies, 49 C. J. 619. 620; in 1801, State of Ireland, 66 ib. 287. 291,
116 ib. 77; 93 L. J. 13.
WITNESSES AND PARLIAMENT.
Table of Contents, ee Introluction,
How sum- WITNESSES summoned to give evidence before the House of
attend at the bar on a certain day, to be sworn; and they
liament has been required, the lord chancellor has been
and give evidence without any such form.
mittee of the whole house, he is simply ordered to attend
1 68 L. J. 513. 558.
5 Ib. 441. 442.
Chapter London; and if at a distance, it is forwarded to him by the
V. Serjeant-at-arms, by post, or, in special cases, by a Refusal to messenger. If the order for the attendance of a witness
ents be disobeyed, he may be ordered to be sent for in custody
guilty of a breach of privilege, and ordered to be taken
If a witness whose attendance is desired by the house or
examined. Witnesses If a witness should be in custody, by order of the before
te bill other house, his attendance is secured by a message, decommittees, siring that he may attend in the custody of the Black see p. 825.
Rod or the Serjeant-at-arms, as the case may be, to be
The attendance of a witness to be examined before a By select
1 95 C. J. 58.
? 106 ib. 48, &c. . 3 90 ib. 330. 343. 344. . * 10 ib. 476; 82 ib. 464 ; 86 ib. 795; 93 ib. 210. 353; 96 ib. 193; 97 ib. 227; 99 ib. 89; 126 ib. 228;. 157 ib. 318.
s 11 ib. 296. 305; 15 ib. 376; 19
ib. 461. 462; 21 ib. 356. 926.
6 A witness who has been reported to the house for his failure to attend a select committee has been ordered by the house to attend the committee, 120 ib. 180.
• 91 ib. 352.
but if he still neglects to appear, he is dealt with as in the Chapter
XVI. other cases already described. Witnesses When witnesses have absconded, and cannot be taken Procedure
thereon, see into custody by the Serjeant-at-arms, addresses have been p. 571. presented to the Crown for the issue of proclamations, with
rewards for their apprehension. Attendance If the evidence of a member be desired by the house, or
a committee of the whole house, he is ordered to attend in required. his place on a certain day.” But when the attendance of a
member as a witness is required before a select committee,
There has been no instance of a member persisting in a
willingness to attend, the motion was withdrawn. Attendance If the attendance of a peer should be desired, to give
the evidence before the house, or any committee of the House
of Commons, the house sends a message " to the Lords, to house.