Financial resolutions

28.68When a bill is brought in upon a financial resolution, the whole principle of the bill (so far as it can be inferred from the resolution) is open for discussion during the prior debate on the resolution. Money resolutions in respect of a bill introduced under Standing Order No 50, or involving a charge subsidiary to its main purpose, or brought from the Lords under Standing Order No 80, are normally considered after the second reading of the bill to which they relate. It is customary for a Money resolution (or Ways and Means resolution) relating to a government bill to be put down for consideration immediately following the second reading of the bill. In this case, or if the motion is moved at another time during the same sitting, the question is put forthwith, and no debate is allowed. In such circumstances, however, the Speaker usually permits discussion of the Money resolution during the second reading debate of the bill.1 In the case of resolutions moved at other times (as in the case of further Money resolutions in respect of government bills, or resolutions required before the committee stage of a Private Member's Bill), debate is restricted to three-quarters of an hour and should relate solely to the financial implications of the bill in question. Where such a motion is debateable, it can also be subject to an amendment.2 Under Standing Order No 52, proceedings on such resolutions, though opposed, may be taken after the time for opposed business. It is possible, although unusual, for a Money resolution to be taken before the second reading of a bill.3


  1. 1. HC Deb (1994–95) 252, c 47.
  2. 2. For the rules on such amendments, see para 35.22.
  3. 3. CJ (1974–75) 97; ibid (1990–91) 297.