No debate on second (or third) reading of Supply and Appropriation Bills or Consolidation Bills

28.52Under Standing Order No 56, the question for second reading of a Supply and Appropriation Bill is put forthwith when the order is read. The bill then proceeds immediately to third reading with no order for committal; and the question for third reading is also put forthwith. The questions on both second and third reading may be decided at any hour, though opposed.1

Consolidation Bills (defined as those bills which fall to be considered under Standing Order No 140 by the Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c, Bills) are not debated, at either second or third reading, the question being put forthwith at each stage. Although consideration of such bills in committee is still possible, a motion by a Minister, that the bill be not committed, may be moved without notice after second reading and may be decided at any hour. Such bills therefore may, and frequently do, proceed through all stages without debate.2


  1. Consolidation Fund and Appropriation Bills have occasionally passed their second and third reading stages immediately after being brought in and read the first time. But in such cases a special order of the House is necessary to apply the provisions of SO No 56, eg CJ (1966–67) 176, 192; ibid (1996–97) 110, 116, 321, 327; CJ (2009–10) 416.
  2. SO No 58; eg CJ (1995–96) 377–378; HC Deb (1995–96), 278, cc 199–200. The Standing Order permits amendments to a Consolidation Bill to be tabled in advance of second reading.