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Committee of the Whole House on Supply

This Committee gives a detailed examination of the various resolutions relating to the supply of money for the operation of each department of government.

The estimates of five of the departments of government, picked by the house leader of the official opposition in consultation with the Government House Leader, are assigned for consideration to the Committee of the Whole House on Supply.

When the House has gone into Supply, the house leader calls the resolutions he or she decides are to be considered that day. The work of the committee consists, in theory, of debate on each budget resolution that is before it, and when the committee has finished considering a resolution, the resolution is stood.

However, in practice, there is much more latitude to the debate: members can question the minister whose estimates are under consideration on all aspects of his or her department and its administration and policies.

This committee can not deliberate for longer than 40 hours