Lords amendments involving Commons financial privilege

30.11The Commons may agree to Lords amendments which infringe their financial privileges; but where such amendments involve a charge upon the public revenue not sanctioned by any Money resolution already agreed to in respect of the bill, a (further) Money resolution must be agreed to by the House before the amendments are considered1 (see also paras 37.19–37.20 ). If no such Money resolution is agreed to, the Speaker2 is required under Standing Order No 78(3) to declare that an amendment imposes a charge on the public revenue not authorised by a resolution of the House. Thereupon the amendment is deemed to have been disagreed to and is so recorded in the Journal. If a Lords amendment involves a charge upon the people not sanctioned by a Ways and Means resolution already agreed in respect of the bill, a (further) resolution may be agreed to before the Lords amendment is considered.3 On an occasion when the Government was not willing to move a motion for such a resolution, the Speaker called upon the Minister, as the Member in charge of the bill, to move to disagree to the Lords amendment.4


  1. 1. See eg CJ (1968–69) 360–61; ibid (1980–81) 485; Votes and Proceedings, 10 February 2015, 24 January 2017.
  2. 2. For example, CJ (1990–91) 485; CJ (2007–08) 548. For declarations by the Deputy Speaker, see CJ (1987–88) 675; CJ (2009–10) 397.
  3. 3. Votes and Proceedings, 3 May 2016.
  4. 4. HC Deb (1984–85) 78, c 220.