Money resolutions and Ways and Means business

18.23Expenditure for new purposes contained in legislation for which there is no authority is authorised by the House agreeing to Money resolutions. Under Standing Order No 52, if a motion authorising expenditure in connection with a bill or a Ways and Means motion in connection with a bill is made at the same sitting as that at which the bill has been read a second time, the Speaker puts the question forthwith without debate. If, however, such motions are made on another day, proceedings must end not later than three-quarters of an hour after they are entered upon, though in many cases there is little or no debate at all.

Some government bills are brought in only after the House has passed enabling resolutions. The annual Finance Bill is the most notable example, which is brought in on Ways and Means resolutions; Supply and Appropriation Bills are brought in on Estimates resolutions. Motions for such resolutions may, under Standing Order No 51(1), be made in the House without notice on any day after the Address in reply to the Queen's speech has been agreed. Debate on the Budget resolutions normally continues for four or five days (normally excluding the Friday)1 following the Chancellor's Budget Statement. Proceedings upon bills brought in upon Ways and Means resolutions are, under Standing Order No 15(1)(a), exempt from interruption and may continue until any hour, but this exemption does not apply to debate on such resolutions themselves.


  1. 1. For Budget resolutions debated on a Friday, see HC Deb (11 April 2003) 403, c 508; ibid (22 March 2013) 560, c 1179.