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An individual or group of people to whom authority has been delegated by a larger group to perform a particular function or duty. A part of a legislative body made up of one or more individuals who have been assigned the task of investigating a certain issue and reporting their observations and recommendations to the legislature. The Senate has various committees, such as the Committee on Nuclear Energy. The name given to the person or group of people appointed by a court and charged with the responsibility of acting as the guardian of an incompetent person.


(formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a court.

COMMITTEE, practice. When a person has been found non compos, the law requires that a guardian should be appointed to take care of his person and estate; this guardian is called the committee.
     2. It is usual to select the committee from the next of kin; Shelf. on Lun. 137; and in case of the lunacy of the husband or wife, the one who is of sound mind is entitled, unless under very special circumstances, to be the committee of the other. Id. 140. This is the committee of the person. For committee of the estate, the heir at law is most favored. Relations are referred to strangers, but the latter may be appointed. Id. 144.
     3. It is the duty of the committee of the person, to take care of the lunatic; and the committee of the estate is bound to administer the estate faithfully, and to account for his administration. He cannot in general, make contracts in relation to the estate of the lunatic, or bind it, without a Special order of the court or authority that appointed him. Id. 179; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 389-91.

COMMITTEE, legislation. One or more members of a legislative body to whom is specially referred some matter before that body, in order that they may investigate and examine into it and report to those who delegated this authority to them.

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In that Committee it was also decided that a Steering Committee would be set up which would formulate the procedure for the Special Committee of the whole House.
The principal change to be introduced was that all bills, save those `of first-class constitutional importance', would be sent to a standing committee instead of being dealt with in a committee of the whole House. With government backing, the Procedure Committee's recommendations easily gained the approval of the House.
The in-camera briefing to the Committee of the Whole House constituted to prepare the policy guidelines in light of the emerging regional realities and the role of the United States,' an official handout issued by the Upper House said.
Rabbani demanded of chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani to constitute a Committee of the Whole House and summon chief election commissioner along with secretary ECP to brief the house on all these controversies ahead of general elections.
It will be recalled that one of the reasons given by the Senate for refusing to confirm Magu for the position was his inability to give figures of recoveries as of the time he was being interviewed by the committee of the whole house.
Mr Rabbani had made it clear that it had nothing to do with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's visit to the house to attend an in-camera session of the committee of the whole house, but it had been going on for a long time even when he (Gen Bajwa) was not holding the present position.
Referring to the recent in-camera briefing of Chief of Army Staff to the Senate Committee of the Whole House on national security, he said that for the first time in the history of the country an Army Chief went to Senate, showing respect to democracy.
The in-camera meeting of the committee of the Whole House was constituted on the motion moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq to prepare policy guidelines in the light of emerging regional realities and the role of United States.
General Bajwa will brief the Senate Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday (December 19).
ISLAMABAD -- Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed will brief the Senate Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday (December 19), according to a notification issued by Senate Secretariat on Sunday.
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief the Senate Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday (December 19) on the matters pertaining to national security.According to a notice issued in this regard, the committee will begin its meeting at 10 AM and the COAS and Military Operations DG would brief members on the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent visits and developments.
Following the Daily Routine on February 17 at 2:29 am the House resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House on Bills to consider Bill 75.

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