Panel of Chairs

The Panel of Chairs (formerly the Chairmen's Panel) are members of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom responsible for chairing public bill committees and other General Committees, as well as debates in Westminster Hall, the parallel debating chamber. The three Deputy Speakers, who are automatically members, are responsible for chairing Committees of the Whole House. Other members may act as temporary chairs of Committees of the Whole House. The Panel is not itself generally thought of as a committee, but it does have the power to meet to consider matters relating to procedure in the general committees and report its findings to the House of Commons.[1]


The panel consists of the three Deputy Speakers and no fewer than 10 MPs appointed by the Speaker, two of whom are appointed pursuant to section 1(3) of the Parliament Act 1911 by the Committee of Selection to be consulted by the Speaker before declaring a bill to be a money bill.

Members of the Panel of Chairs, as of 22 June 2020 (some members were appointed earlier in 2020, however, the committee's full composition by the 22 June is given):[2]

The Panel of Chairs was nominated by the Speaker on 22 June 2017:

As of December 2015, the members were as follows:


  1. Public Business Standing Order 85(4).
  2. "Panel of Chairs - Membership - Committees - UK Parliament". Retrieved 2020-07-08.