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I have seen sentences with both prepositions (The committee on & The committee for)

E.g. Consider below written sentences

The committee on criminal justice reforms recommended a threefold strategy to arrest the drift and to prevent total disaster.

The committee for criminal justice reforms recommended a threefold strategy to arrest the drift and to prevent total disaster.

Are they both grammatically correct? If yes is there any difference in meaning of these two sentences?

Say if this question is asked in exam as MCQ fill up question with ON and FOR as options then which one will be the best answer?

If their usage varies in American and British English then please reply considering later one.

  • Google Ngrams suggests they're almost equally likely. Although we have to consider the context - if the sentence is "We created a committee ___ the purpose of..." obviously only for is going to be likely there. Ngrams is a crude tool. – stangdon May 26 '17 at 15:59
  • Both the prepositions are correct. "on" is a little more common. – Khan May 26 '17 at 16:01
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committee on something
committee for something

basically have the same meaning. meaning a committee concerned with the subject of something.

I believe committee on is used more by BrE since for might be understood as the committee is advocating (being for/against) the something.

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