Financial provisions in bills

28.14As explained at para 28.3, some bills must be brought in upon financial resolutions. Consequently, if on examination a bill is found to be of this kind and has not been so brought in, it is not allowed to proceed.1 If, on the other hand, a bill is of the kind which does not require to be brought in on financial resolutions, any financial provisions which it may contain must be authorised by a resolution of the House before they can be considered by the committee on the bill. Any clause or part of a clause, which on examination of the draft bill directly imposes a charge, must be printed in italics.2 Where, however, expenditure provisions are dispersed through a bill, and are authorised by an ‘expenses’ clause, normally only the latter is italicised. In the case of a bill brought from the House of Lords, italics are not used, but the subsection inserted by the ‘privilege’ amendment (see para 29.67 ) is printed in bold type and an explanatory note is placed on the front page of the bill.

Footnotes

  1. 1. For example, Speaker's private ruling, 19 April 1977.
  2. 2. See also the Chairman's remarks in respect of italicised words in the Finance Bill, where italics were found not to be necessary, HC Deb (1931) 254, cc 289–91.