A – Standing Committees
148. Standing Committees.– [(1) In addition to the Standing Committees constituted under rules 176, 180, 182, 183 and 185, there shall be elected by the Assembly after a general election the following Standing Committees for the duration of the Assembly for the departments noted against each:
Name of the Committee
Standing Committee on Agriculture
Standing Committee on Auqaf and Religious Affairs
Auqaf and Religious Affairs
Standing Committee on Chief Minister's Inspection Team
Chief Minister's Inspection Team
Standing Committee on Colonies
Standing Committee on Communications and Works
Communications and Works
Standing Committee on Cooperatives
Standing Committee on Higher Education
Standing Committee on School Education
Standing Committee on Environment Protection
Standing Committee on Excise and Taxation
Excise and Taxation
Standing Committee on Finance
Standing Committee on Food
Standing Committee on Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Standing Committee on Primary and Secondary Healthcare
Primary and Secondary Healthcare
Standing Committee on Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education
Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education]
Standing Committee on Home Affairs
Standing Committee on Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering
Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering
Standing Committee on Human Rights
Human Rights and Minorities Affairs
Standing Committee on Industries, Commerce and Investment
Industries, Commerce and Investment
Standing Committee on Information and Culture
Information and Culture
Standing Committee on Irrigation
Standing Committee on Energy
Standing Committee on Labour and Human Resource
Labour and Human Resource
Standing Committee on Law
Law and Parliamentary Affairs
Standing Committee on Public Prosecution
Standing Committee on Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education
Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education
Standing Committee on Livestock and Dairy Development
Livestock and Dairy Development
Standing Committee on Local Government and Community Development
Local Government and Community Development
Standing Committee on Management and Professional Development
Management and Professional Development
Standing Committee on Mines and Minerals
Mines and Minerals
Standing Committee on Planning and Development
Planning and Development
Standing Committee on Population Welfare
Standing Committee on Revenue, Relief and Consolidation
(ii) Consolidation and Holdings
(iii) Relief and Crisis Management
Standing Committee on Services and General Administration
Services and General Administration
Standing Committee on Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal
Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal
Standing Committee on Special Education
Standing Committee on Transport
Standing Committee on Gender Mainstreaming
Standing Committee on Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology and Tourism
Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology and Tourism
Standing Committee on Zakat and Ushr
Zakat and Ushr]
(2) Except as otherwise provided in these rules, a Committee shall only deal with a matter which may be referred to it by the Assembly.
[(3) The Speaker may, in consultation with Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Opposition, change the name of the Committee and the Department assigned to a Committee in order to bring this rule in accord with the Departments reflected in the Punjab Government Rules of Business 2011 by notification in the official Gazette.]
149. Composition of Standing Committees.– (1) Each Standing Committee shall consist of [eleven] members to be elected by the Assembly.
(2) The Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary concerned shall be ex-officio members of the Committee.
(3) The member-in-charge of the Bill, and in the case of any other matter referred by the Assembly to the Standing Committee, the member who has proposed the subject or matter for reference to, or study by, the Committee, may attend the meetings of the Committee but shall not vote unless he is an elected member of the Committee.
(4) The Secretary of the Department concerned and the Secretary of the Law & Parliamentary Affairs Department or an officer designated by each of them in this behalf shall attend the meeting of a Committee as expert advisers.
150. Method of election.– (l) Unless otherwise provided in these rules, members of all the Committees shall be elected, as far as possible, in accordance with the agreement of the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition and in the absence of a Leader, his Deputy.
(2) In case there is no agreement mentioned in sub-rule (1), the members of each Committee shall be elected by the Assembly from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Fifth Schedule.
[(3) The Committees shall be elected by the Assembly within ninety days after the election of the Leader of the House following the general election.
(4) After the election of the Committees, if any change in the membership of a Committee is necessitated, the Speaker shall, in consultation with the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of the Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition, change the membership of any one or more Committees.]
151. Chairman of a Committee.– (1) The Chairman of a Committee shall be elected by the Committee from amongst the members of the Committee.
(2) If the Chairman is absent from a sitting, the Committee shall choose one of its members present to act as Chairman for that sitting.
[(3) The election for the Chairman of a Committee shall be held within a period of thirty days from the date of the election of the Committee or from the date of vacancy in the office of the Chairman.]
152. Resignation.– (1) A member may resign his membership of the Committee by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker.
(2) The Chairman of a Committee may resign as such by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker.
153. Casual vacancies.– (1) Casual vacancies in a Committee shall be filled, as soon as possible after such vacancies occur, in the manner provided in rule 150 or, as the case may be, in rule 151.
(2) A member elected under sub-rule (1), shall hold office for the period for which the member in whose place he is elected would have held office.
(3) Subject to the requirement of a quorum, a Committee shall have power to act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership.
154. Functions of Committees.– [(1) A Committee shall examine a Bill or other matter referred to it by the Assembly or by the Speaker and shall submit its report to the Assembly or to the Speaker, as the case may be, with such recommendations including suggestion for legislation, if any, as it may deem necessary.]
(2) In the case of a Bill, the Committee shall also examine whether or not the Bill violates, disregards or is otherwise not in accordance with the Constitution.
(3) The Committee may propose such amendments as are within the scope of the Bill, but the Committee shall have no power of preventing the Bill from being considered by the Assembly.
(4) The amendments will be shown in its report along with the original provisions of the Bill.
(5) A Committee may, with the approval of the Speaker, appoint a sub-committee, for a specified function arising out of the matter referred to the Committee.
(6) If a Committee does not present its report within the specified period, or within the extended period, if any, the Bill or the matter referred to it may, on a motion by a member, or a Minister, be considered by the Assembly without waiting for the report.
[(7) With the prior approval of the Speaker, a Committee may examine the expenditures, administration, delegated legislation, statutory reports laid in the House and policies of the Department concerned and its associated bodies, and may forward its report containing findings and recommendations to the Department concerned and the Department concerned shall, within a period of two months, inform the Assembly Secretariat about the actions taken on the findings and recommendations:
Provided that a Committee shall not examine the expenditure of the Department concerned for more than two times in a year.]
[155. Reference to a Committee.- The Assembly, on a motion made by a member or the Speaker, may remit to the Committee concerned any subject or matter which may be examined by the Committee:
Provided that the Speaker may withdraw a matter referred to a Committee and recommit it to another Committee.]
156. Sittings of Committees.– (1) Subject to sub-rule (2), a sitting of a Committee shall be held on such day and at such hour as the Chairman of the Committee, in consultation with the Secretary, may determine.
(2) If the Chairman of a Committee is not readily available, the Secretary may fix the date and time of a sitting:
Provided that the sitting of a Committee for election of its Chairman shall be fixed by the Secretary in consultation with the Speaker.
(3) Subject to sub-rules (4) and (5), the sittings of a Committee shall, so far as possible, continue from day to day till the completion of the business assigned to it.
(4) A Committee shall not sit for more than two times in a month except with the prior written approval of the Speaker.
(5) Unless otherwise permitted by the Speaker, the sittings of the House Committee and the Library Committee shall be held during a session.
(6) The sittings of the Committees shall be held at Lahore.
(7) On a requisition made by three members of the Committee, the Chairman shall call a sitting of the Committee within twenty-one days from the date of the receipt of the requisition if some Bill or matter referred to it is pending [:]
[Provided that if the Chairman does not call a sitting of the Committee within the stipulated period, the Secretary may fix the date and time of a sitting.]
157. Sittings of Committees while the Assembly is sitting.– (1) A Committee may not meet while the Assembly is sitting except with the approval of the Speaker.
(2) If a Committee is sitting while the Assembly is also sitting, the Chairman of the Committee shall, if a Division is being called in the Assembly, suspend the proceedings of the Committee for such time as will, in his opinion, enable the members to vote in the Division.
158. Sittings in camera.– The sittings of a Committee shall be held in private unless the Committee, by a majority, decides otherwise.
159. Quorum.– (1) The quorum for the election of the Chairman of a Committee shall be the majority of the elected members thereof.
(2) Subject to sub-rule (1), the quorum for a sitting of a Committee shall be [four] elected members:
[Provided that the quorum for a sitting of a Public Accounts Committee or Committee on Privileges shall be [six] elected members.]
160. Voting.– (1) Subject to rule 159, all questions at a sitting of a Committee shall be determined by the majority of its elected members present and voting.
(2) The Chairman or the member presiding in his absence shall not vote except in the event of equality of votes.
161. Power of Committees to examine Government officials and record.– (1) A Committee shall have power to summon and examine any person and the records of the Government and of statutory bodies, autonomous or semi-autonomous, under the Government:
Provided that a Committee shall have no power to send for any paper or record relating to a proposed taxation.
(2) When a Department is of the opinion that in the interest of security of State or the maintenance of public order or generally in the public interest or on account of any other sufficient reason, any particular record summoned from any office of or authority under the Government or set up or established by the Government should not be furnished to any Committee or a person in the service of the State should not be summoned or compelled to give evidence, the Department may claim privilege for that record or exemption for the public servant, as the case may be:
Provided that in such case the Committee may, through the Speaker, obtain orders of the Governor whether the privilege or exemption, as the case may be, has been properly claimed and the orders of the Governor in this behalf shall be final.
162. Evidence, report and proceedings treated confidential.– (1) A Committee may direct that the whole or a part of the evidence or a summary thereof may be laid on the Table. If the Committee so decides, the Speaker may direct that such evidence be confidentially made available to members before it is formally laid on the Table.
(2) The part of the evidence, oral or written, report or proceedings of the Committee, which has not been laid on the Table, shall not be open to inspection by any one except under the authority of the Speaker.
(3) The evidence given before a Committee shall not be published by any member of the Committee or by any other person until it has been laid on the Table.
163. Views of the Departments on private member's Bills.– In case of a private member's Bill referred to a Committee, the Secretary shall transmit a copy of the Bill to the Department concerned with a request for an expression of the views of the Department.
164. Record of the proceedings of Committees.– (1) A summary of the record of the proceedings of each Committee shall be maintained.
(2) The summary of evidence tendered before a Committee shall be made available to a member of the Committee concerned if so requested by him.
165. Special reports.– A Committee may, if it thinks fit, make a special report on any matter that arises or comes to light in the course of its work which it may consider necessary to bring to the notice of the Speaker or the Assembly.
166. Reports of Committees.– (1) The report of a Committee shall be presented within the limit fixed by the Speaker under rule 94 or within thirty days from the date on which reference was made to it by the Assembly unless the Assembly, on a motion being made, directs that the time for presentation of the report be extended to a date specified in the motion.
(2) The report shall–
(a) incorporate the views of the Minister or the Parliamentary Secretary concerned, if furnished;
(b) set forth the recommendations of the Committee together with the views of the minority, if any; and
(c) be signed by the Chairman on behalf of the Committee or, if the Chairman is absent or is not readily available, by any other member of the Committee.
[(3) If the Assembly is not in session and the period of presentation of the report under sub-rule (1) has expired or is about to expire and the Committee is yet to finish its work, the Speaker may grant a special permission to the Committee to hold not more than one meeting beyond the period specified in sub-rule (1).
167. Presentation of report.– (1) The report of a Committee shall be presented to the Assembly by the Chairman or, in his absence, by any other member of the Committee or by the member-in-charge.
(2) The Secretary shall cause every report of the Committee together with the views of the minority, if any, to be printed and a copy thereof made available to members.
168. Agenda and notices of the meetings.– (1) The arrangement of business of a Committee and the agenda for a meeting of the Committee shall be determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Chairman of the Committee, if readily available.
(2) Notices of all meetings of a Committee shall be sent to the members of the Committee and to the Advocate-General if he is named as a member of the Committee or if his presence is required by the Committee.
169. Decision of Speaker on procedure.– If any doubt arises on any point of procedure or interpretation of the rules, the Chairman may, if he thinks fit, refer the point to the Speaker whose decision shall be final.
170. Business before Committees not to lapse on prorogation of Assembly.– Any business pending before a Committee shall not lapse by reason only of the prorogation of the Assembly and the Committee shall continue to function notwithstanding such prorogation.
171. Unfinished work of Committees.– (1) A Committee, which is unable to complete its work before the expiration of its term or before the expiration of the term of the Assembly, may report to the Assembly that the Committee has not been able to complete its work. Any report, memorandum or note that the Committee may have prepared, or any evidence that the Committee may have taken, shall be transmitted to the Secretary, who shall make it available to the Committee that succeeds it.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, a Public Accounts Committee may proceed from the stage where the previous Committee left the proceedings before the dissolution of the Assembly.
(3) A report or a part of the report of a Public Accounts Committee may be presented before a successor Assembly in accordance with rule 167 even if the time for presentation of the report has expired.
B – Select Committee
172. Composition and functions.– (1) The Minister incharge of the Department to which the Bill relates, the Chairman of the Committee concerned with the Bill, the member-in-charge and the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs shall be included in a Select Committee and it shall not be necessary to include their names in any motion for election of such a Committee.
(2) The other members of the Committee shall be nominated by the Assembly from amongst its members when a motion that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee is adopted.
(3) The Chairman of the Committee concerned with the Bill shall be the Chairman of the Select Committee.
(4) If the Chairman is not present at any sitting, the members of the Committee present shall elect one of its members to act as Chairman for that sitting.
(5) The Chairman, or the member presiding in his absence, shall not vote except in the event of equality of votes.
(6) A Select Committee may hear expert evidence and representatives of special interests affected by the Bill.
173. Quorum.– (l) The quorum for a sitting of a Select Committee shall be one-third of the total number of members of the Committee.
(2) If at the time fixed for a sitting of the Select Committee, or at any time during any such sitting, there is no quorum, the Chairman shall either suspend the sitting until a quorum is present or adjourn the sitting to some future day.
(3) If, for want of quorum, the sitting of a Select Committee is adjourned on two successive dates, the next sitting may be held even if the Committee is not in quorum.
174. Amendments proposed by Select Committee.– A Select Committee shall have power to propose such amendments in the Bill as are not beyond the scope of the Bill.
175. Report.– (1) A Select Committee shall make a report on the Bill within the period specified by the Assembly.
(2) The report of the Select Committee on a Bill shall be presented to the Assembly by the Chairman or, in his absence, by any other member of the Committee or by the member-in-charge, and there shall be no debate on it at that stage.
(3) The report of a Select Committee along with the minority view, if any, shall be printed and a copy thereof shall be made available to the members.
C – Public Accounts Committees
176. Composition.– [(1) There shall be constituted, after a general election, two Public Accounts Committees and one Public Accounts Committee for the local governments, established under the relevant local government law for the time being in force, for the duration of the Assembly.]
(2) Each Committee shall consist of [seventeen] members to be elected by the Assembly and the Finance Minister shall be its ex-officio member.
177. Functions.– (1) The Committees shall deal with the Appropriation Accounts of the Government [or, as the case may be, the local governments] and the report of the Auditor-General thereon and such other matters as the Assembly or the Speaker or the Finance Minister may refer to the Committees.
(2) Subject to sub-rule (1), the Committees shall deal with the business assigned to them by the Speaker out of the business referred to the Committees under the said sub-rule.
(3) In scrutinizing the Appropriation Accounts of the Government [or, as the case may be, the local governments] and the report of the Auditor-General thereon, it shall be the duty of the Committees to satisfy themselves that–
(a) the moneys shown in the accounts as having been disbursed were legally available for, and applicable to, the service or purpose to which they have been applied or charged;
(b) the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it; and
(c) every re-appropriation had been made in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed by the Government.
(4) It shall also be the duty of the Committees to–
(a) examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of state corporations, trading and manufacturing schemes, concerns and projects together with the balance sheets and statements of profit and loss accounts which the Governor may have required to be prepared or are prepared under the provisions of the statutory rules regulating the financing of a particular corporation, a trading concern or project, and the report of the Auditor-General thereon;
(b) examine the statements of Accounts showing the income and expenditure of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies the audit of which may be conducted by the Auditor-General under the directions of the Governor or under any law; and
(c) consider the report of the Auditor-General in case where the Governor may have required him to conduct the audit of any receipts or to examine the accounts of stores and stocks.
(5) If any money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of the amount granted by the Assembly for that purpose, the Committee shall examine with reference to the facts of each case the circumstances leading to such an excess and make such recommendations as it may deem fit.
178. Reports.– (1) The report of each Committee shall be presented within a period of one year from the date on which reference is made to it by the Assembly unless the Assembly, on a motion being made, directs that the time for the presentation of the report be extended to a date specified in the motion.
(2) A Committee may present an interim report or a report in parts.
179. Sittings.– (l) The sittings of the Committees shall ordinarily be held at Lahore.
(2) If necessary in the public interest, a sitting may be held outside Lahore, with the prior permission of the Speaker and the Finance Minister.
[(3) Unless otherwise permitted by the Speaker, each of the Public Accounts Committees constituted under sub-rule (1) of rule 176 shall meet during the first, second and third ten days of a month to dispose of the pending business:
Provided that a Committee shall not meet for more than three days in a week without approval of the Speaker.]
D – Committee on Privileges
180. Composition.– (1) There shall be a Committee on Privileges for the duration of the Assembly.
(2) The Committee shall consist of [seventeen] members to be elected by the Assembly and the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs shall be its ex-officio member.
181. Functions.– The Committee shall examine every question referred to it and determine with reference to the facts of each case whether a breach of privilege is involved and, if so, the nature of the breach and the circumstances leading to it, and make such recommendations as it may deem fit.
[DA-COMMITTEE ON LAW REFORMS
181-A. Composition.- (1) There shall be a Committee on Law Reforms which shall consist of seventeen members to be elected by the Assembly, and the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs shall be its ex-officio member.
(2) The quorum for the election of the Chairman of this Committee shall be the majority of the elected members thereof and for a sitting of the Committee shall be six elected members.
181-B. Functions.- (1) The Committee shall study and keep under review on a continuing systematic basis the principal and the delegated legislation of the Punjab with a view to making recommendations to the Government for:
(a) removing inconsistencies and anomalies;
(b) repealing obsolete or unnecessary provisions;
(c) simplifying the complex provision for easy comprehension; and
(d) bringing the legislation in conformity with the existing social order.
(2) The Committee may consider any other matter incidental to the above functions.
(3) The recommendations to the Government under sub-rule (1) shall be made through a resolution by the Assembly which shall be dealt thereafter, so far as possible, in accordance with sub-rule (2) and sub-rule (3) of rule 126 of these rules.
(4) Advocate General Punjab, Secretaries of Services and General Administration Department, Finance Department, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department, and the Department concerned, or their nominees shall attend a meeting of the Committee as expert advisors.
(5) The Committee may co-opt any expert in the relevant field to assist the Committee.
(6) The experts in the Committee may be paid such amount as honorarium as may be determined by the Speaker.]
E – Committee on Government Assurances
182. Composition and functions.– (1) There shall be a Committee on Government Assurances to scrutinize the assurances, promises and undertakings given, on the floor of the Assembly, by a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary and to report on all questions relating thereto which are referred to it under sub-rule (3).
(2) The Committee shall consist of ten members to be elected by the Assembly for its duration.
(3) A member who feels that an assurance or a promise given to him or an undertaking made by a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary has not been implemented within a reasonable time, he may in writing, propose that the matter may be referred to the Committee. If the Speaker is satisfied that a reasonable time has elapsed and that the matter should be enquired into by the Committee, he may refer the matter to the Committee.
(4) The Committee shall scrutinize such assurances, promises and undertakings as are given during the term of the Assembly.
(5) The Committee shall submit its report within such time as may be fixed by the Speaker or as may be extended by him.
F – Library Committee
183. Composition and functions.– (1) There shall be a Library Committee consisting of the Deputy Speaker and nine other members to be appointed by the Speaker for the duration of the Assembly.
(2) The Deputy Speaker shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.
(3) Casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by nomination by the Speaker.
(4) The Committee shall consider and advise on such matters concerning the Library of the Assembly as may, from time to time, be referred to it by the Speaker.
G – House Committee
184. Composition and functions.– (1) There shall be a House Committee consisting of not more than ten members, including the Chairman.
(2) The Committee, including its Chairman, shall be nominated by the Speaker and shall hold office for a term not exceeding one year.
(3) A member may be re-nominated by the Speaker to the new House Committee.
(4) The House Committee shall deal with such questions relating to residential accommodation for members as may, from time to time, be referred to it by the Speaker.
H – Finance Committee
185. Composition and functions.– (1) There shall be a Finance Committee for the duration of the Assembly, consisting of the Speaker, the Finance Minister and seven other members to be elected by the Assembly in the manner prescribed in rule 150.
(2) The Speaker shall be the Chairman and the Secretary shall be the Secretary of the Committee.
(3) The Committee shall approve the Annual and Supplementary Budget Estimates of the Assembly and its Secretariat, which shall respectively be included in the Annual Budget Statement and the Supplementary Budget Statement by the Government:
Provided that if at the relevant time, the Assembly stands dissolved or there is no Finance Committee, such approval may be given by the Speaker in anticipation of the approval of the Finance Committee.
(4) The Committee may, from time to time, approve incurring of additional or new expenditure in anticipation of provision of funds, for the Assembly or its Secretariat and the amount or amounts so approved shall be included in the Supplementary Budget.
(5) The Committee may make recommendations in regard to any financial matter relating to the Assembly or its Secretariat referred to it by the Assembly or the Speaker.
(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the procedure of the Committee shall be regulated by the rules made by the Committee and until such rules are made, the business of the Committee shall be conducted in such manner as the Speaker may direct.
I – Business Advisory Committee
186. Composition and functions.– (1) At the commencement of the Assembly or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker may, in consultation with the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition, nominate a Business Advisory Committee consisting of not more than twelve members including the Speaker who shall be the Chairman of the Committee.
(2) It shall be the function of the Committee to recommend the time that should be allocated for the discussion of the stage or stages of such Government Bills and other business as the Speaker, in consultation with the Leader of the House, may direct for being referred to the Committee.
(3) The Committee shall have the power to indicate in the proposed time table, the different hours at which the various stages of the Bill or other business shall be completed.
(4) The Committee shall have such other functions as may, from time to time, be assigned to it by the Speaker.
J – Special Committee
187. Composition and functions.– (1) The Assembly may, by motion, appoint a Special Committee which shall have such composition and functions as may be specified in the motion.
(2) The Committee shall consist of not more than twelve members excluding the Speaker or a Minister, if any of them is named as a member of the Committee in the motion.
K – General
188. Supplementary provisions.– (1) The rules pertaining to Standing Committees shall apply to any other Committee, if not inconsistent with the rules particularly applicable to that Committee:
Provided that the provisions of sub-rule (2) of rule 149 shall not apply to the Library Committee, the House Committee and the Finance Committee.
(2) Where rules contained in this Chapter are silent on a point, a Committee may refer the matter to the Speaker for his directions for the proper conduct of its proceedings and the directions given by the Speaker shall be followed.
Sub-rule (1) substituted vide
Notification No. PAP/Legis-1(15)/2013/1380; published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 22 February 2016, pp 3937-44.
Standing Committee on Education
& School Education"
Standing Committee on Health
Standing Committee on Irrigation & Energy
Standing Committee on Law
(i) Law and Parliamentary Affairs
(ii) Public Prosecution"
"155. Reference to Committees.– The Assembly may, on a motion made by a member, remit to the Committee concerned any subject or matter which may be studied by that Committee."
"(3) Unless otherwise permitted by the Speaker, one of the Public Accounts Committees shall meet during the first fortnight of a month and the other, during the second fortnight of a month to dispose of the pending business: