On 21 November 2017, the Bundestag decided, on the motion of the CDU/CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP and Alliance 90/The Greens, to set up a Main Committee with 47 members and an equal number of substitute members for the period until the establishment of the permanent committees. A Main Committee of this kind was first set up following the 2013 Bundestag election. It is chaired by the President of the Bundestag or one of the Vice-Presidents, who is not entitled to vote. The Main Committee is responsible for the consideration of items of business referred to it by the Bundestag. It does not have the right to take up issues on its own initiative, but it can hold hearings. As soon as the permanent committees have been established, the Main Committee is dissolved. The plenary then refers all items of business which have not yet been dealt with to the appropriate committees.