Joint Committee

Article 53 A Composition, Rules of Procedure

(1) Two thirds of the members of the Joint Committee are deputies of the House of Representatives and one third are members of the Senate .The House of Representatives delegates its deputies in proportion to the relative strength of its parliamentary groups; deputies may not be members of the Government. Each State is represented by a Senate member of its choice; these members are not bound by instructions. The establishment of the Joint Committee and its procedures are regulated by rules of procedure to be adopted by the House of Representatives and requiring the consent of the Senate .

(2) The Government informs the Joint Committee about its plans in respect of a state of defense. The rights of the House of Representatives and its committees under Article 43 remain unaffected by the provision of this paragraph.