Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Public Business 2002 (2)(2) Contents


STANDING ORDERS 2002(2)(2)

Public Money



  48. This House will receive no petition for any sum relating to public service or proceed upon any motion for a grant or charge upon the public revenue, whether payable out of the Consolidated Fund or the National Loans Fund or out of money to be provided by Parliament, or for releasing or compounding any sum of money owing to the Crown, unless recommended from the Crown. Recommendation from Crown required on application relating to public money.
  
  49. Any charge upon the public revenue whether payable out of the Consolidated Fund or the National Loans Fund or out of money to be provided by Parliament including any provision for releasing or compounding any sum of money owing to the Crown shall be authorised by resolution of the House. Certain proceedings relating to public money.
  
  50.—(1) A bill (other than a bill which is required to be brought in upon a ways and means resolution) the main object of which is the creation of a public charge may either be presented, or brought in upon an order of the House, by a Minister of the Crown, and, in the case of a bill so presented or brought in, the creation of the charge shall not require to be authorised by a resolution of the House until the bill has been read a second time, and after the charge has been so authorised the bill shall be proceeded with in the same manner as a bill which involves a charge that is subsidiary to its main purpose. Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue.
  
  (2) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply to any bill brought from the Lords, of which a Minister of the Crown has informed the Clerks at the Table of his intention to take charge.
  
  51.(1) A ways and means motion may be made in the House without notice on any day as soon as an address has been agreed to in answer to Her Majesty's Speech. Ways and means motions.
  
  (2) A Minister of the Crown may without notice make a motion for giving provisional statutory effect to any proposals in pursuance of section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968; and the question on such a motion shall be put forthwith.
  
  (3) When the question has been decided on the first of several motions upon which a bill is to be brought in for imposing, renewing, varying or repealing any charge upon the people, the question on each such further motion shall be put forthwith; and proceedings in pursuance of this paragraph, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business.
  
  52.—(1) The Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on motions authorising expenditure in connection with a bill and on ways and means motions in connection with a bill— Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills.
  
    (a) forthwith, if such a motion is made at the same sitting as that at which the bill has been read a second time; or

    (b) not later than three­quarters of an hour after the commencement of those proceedings, if the motion is made otherwise.

  
  (2) Business to which this order applies may be proceeded with at any hour, though opposed.
  
  53. In relation to private bills, provisional order bills and bills introduced under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, or the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945, the standing orders relating to public money shall have effect subject to any exceptions prescribed by the standing orders of this House relating to private business. Application of public money standing orders to private bills, &c.
  
  54.(1) Three days, other than Fridays, before 5th August, shall be allotted in each session for the consideration of estimates set down under the provisions of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee); and not more than one day so allotted may be taken in the form of two half days, not being Fridays. Consideration of estimates.
  
  (2) On any such day—
  
    (a) consideration of estimates or reports of the Liaison Committee relating thereto shall stand as first business; and

    (b) other business may be taken before the moment of interruption only if the consideration of estimates has been concluded.

  
  (3) On any such half day—
  
    (a) proceedings on consideration of estimates or reports of the Liaison Committee relating thereto, standing as first business, shall be interrupted at seven o'clock on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or four o'clock on Thursday; or

    (b) notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2) of this order, consideration of estimates or reports of the Liaison Committee relating thereto may be set down for consideration at seven o'clock on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or four o'clock on Thursday and shall be entered upon at that time:

  
  Provided that on days on which business stands over until seven o'clock or four o'clock under the provisions of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) or has been set down for that hour under the provisions of Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business) proceedings under this sub­paragraph shall not be entered upon until such business has been disposed of and may then be proceeded with for three hours, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House).
  
  (4) On any day or half day allotted under this order, questions necessary to dispose of proceedings (other than a dilatory motion) on the estimates on which debate has been concluded shall be deferred until the hour prescribed under paragraph (5) of this order.
  
  (5) At the moment of interruption on an allotted day or half day, or as soon thereafter as proceedings under the proviso to paragraph (3)(b) of this order have been disposed of, the Speaker shall put, successively, any questions deferred under paragraph (4) of this order, and any questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on all other estimates appointed for consideration on that day.
  
  55.—(1) On any day to which the provisions of paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of this order apply the Speaker shall at the moment of interruption put the questions on— Questions on voting of estimates, &c.
  
    (a) any outstanding vote relating to numbers for defence services;

    (b) the total amount outstanding in respect of each financial year to be granted out of the Consolidated Fund for the purposes defined in the related votes.

  
  (2) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 6th February, if any of the following total amounts have been put down for consideration:
  
    (a) votes on account for the coming financial year;

    (b) supplementary estimates for the current financial year which have been presented at least seven clear days previously.

  
  (3) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 18th March, if any of the following numbers or total amounts have been put down for consideration:
  
    (a) votes relating to numbers for defence services;

    (b) supplementary estimates for the current financial year which have been presented at least seven clear days previously;

    (c) excess votes, provided that the Committee of Public Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the sums necessary being provided by excess vote.

  
  (4) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 5th August, if the total amount of estimates which are still outstanding has been put down for consideration.
  
  (5) At least two days' notice shall be given of the votes which are to be put down for consideration under paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of this order.
  
  (6) The provisions of this order shall not apply to any vote of credit or votes for supplementary or additional estimates for war expenditure.
  
  56. When a motion shall have been made for the second reading of a Consolidated Fund or an Appropriation Bill, the question thereon shall be put forthwith, no order shall be made for the committal of the bill and the question for third reading shall be put forthwith; and the said questions may be decided at any hour, though opposed. Consolidated Fund Bills.
  
  



 
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