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Committee, a body charged with some special work, usually a subdivision of some larger body, e.g. the Finance Committee of the London County Council. Frequently, however, the whole of one chamber of a legislative body "resolves itself into a committee" for special work, usually for an examination of details analogous to that performed by special committees; as when the House of Commons "goes into committee of supply" or examines the clauses of a bill in detail at its "committee stage."