The General Assembly appoint a Business Committee of Assembly, comprising the Principal Clerk, the Assistant Clerk and the Clerks of all the home Presbyteries. The Committee shall meet at a convenient point not later than 15th April annually to examine all papers in the hands of the Principal Clerk due to come before the Assembly. The Committee shall appoint its own Convener annually at its April meeting and the Principal Clerk shall act as Clerk to the Committee. The Convener shall be responsible for introducing the Lord High Commissioner to the Receiving Party and to the Moderator, as well as delegates and others to the Moderator, apart from the children receiving Youth Awards. The Committee shall present its Report to the Assembly at the first sederunt. The Report shall incorporate a Report from the Clerks’ Office and shall be bound with all the other Reports to be distributed in advance of the Assembly.
The General Assembly authorise the Business Committee, to designate as routine those Petitions they consider ought to be in this category, and to recommend this to the Assembly in their Report, at which point amendments to the contrary may be given in without prior notice, the final decision on whether any Petition be so treated to lie with the General Assembly. The General Assembly instruct the Clerks’ Office to amend Standing Order III.3 accordingly.
The General Assembly instruct the Business Committee to carry out the annual inspection of Presbytery records at the appointed meeting in April. They also instruct the Committee to report on their findings to the General Assembly. They authorise the Committee to attest as correct all the records which are correct in form and content.