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select committee

(in Britain) a small committee composed of members of parliament, set up by either House of Parliament to investigate and report back on a specified matter of interest
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The letter dated January 28, 1976 to the head of the Parliament's Select Committee on Foreign Affairs concerns the terms of reference of the Select Committee on Cyprus.
Select committees are all-party groups of refreshingly bloody-minded MPs who can investigate whoever and whatever tickles their fancy.
KEITH Vaz is to quit as chairman of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee after he was embroiled in rent boy revelations.
Do we really want to see future select committees ginned up to attack other likely presidential nominees?
Lewis Baston shared the case studies highlighting the impact of the select committees in action.
Select committees fail because they select who they want to hear from.
Mr Bailey is chairman of the business, innovation and skills select committee, which has tried without success to summon the chief executive of Kraft Foods, Irene Rosenfeld, to appear before it to give evidence about Kraft's takeover of Cadbury.
The Labour backbencher tasted electoral defeat for the first time in 36 years yesterday when he failed to win the chairmanship of the House of Commons Business Select Committee.
There has been criticism the select committees will be costly and their representation mirrors the share of seats in the Commons rather than the region the select committee covers.
During the period examined, there was a total of 22 standing and permanent select committees with legislative jurisdiction in the 94th Congress, 20 in the 95th Congress, and 19 from the 96th through the 110th Congresses.
Select Committees examine government departments and have the power to launch high-profile investigations and summon witnesses, such as Ministers and civil servants.