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.
- 1. For example, Speaker's private ruling, 19 April 1977.
- 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.