Privilege amendment

29.67On the third reading of a bill originating in the House of Lords the provisions of which may infringe the privileges of the House of Commons with regard to the control of public money, a ‘privilege amendment’ is made formally after all the other amendments have been disposed of. The motion is made ‘that the privilege amendment be agreed to’, without notice, without the amendment being circulated and without stating its nature. The amendment consists of a new subsection, inserted at the end of the final clause of the bill, in the following form:

‘Nothing in this Act shall impose any charge on the people or on public funds, or vary the amount or incidence of or otherwise alter any such charge in any manner, or affect the assessment, levying, administration or application of any money raised by any such charge.’

When the bill is printed for the House of Commons these words are printed in bold type and the subsection is struck out by amendment in the House of Commons, making the imposition of the charge their own act. The subject of privilege amendments is more fully dealt with at para 37.14.