While the Council is in session, the House Committee normally meets every Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm. If there is a Finance Committee meeting scheduled for the same afternoon, the House Committee meets immediately after the Finance Committee meeting.
The House Committee prepares for meetings of the Council and considers matters relating to the business of the Council. One important function of the House Committee is to scrutinize bills introduced into the Council and subsidiary legislation tabled at Council meetings or presented to the Council for approval. The House Committee may form Bills Committees to scrutinize bills, or appoint subcommittees to study some of the subsidiary legislation in greater detail. The House Committee then monitors progress and studies reports from the Bills Committees and subcommittees concerned. The House Committee may refer to relevant Panels for consideration any policy matters relating to the business of the Council. The House Committee may also consider, in such manner as it thinks fit, any other matter relating to the business of the Council.
The House Committee comprises all Members, except the President, who elect from amongst themselves the chairman and deputy chairman.