Enforcement of rules of financial procedure

33.17The rules of financial procedure, whether based on practice or upon standing orders, are strictly observed by the House of Commons. In discharging its duty to disallow any proceedings which would infringe the rules of financial procedure, the Chair relies in the last resort upon its power to decline to propose the necessary questions.

Unless the recommendation of the Crown enjoined by Standing Order No 48 for a motion relating to public money has been signified, the Speaker will not propose the question on a motion which comes within the scope of that standing order. Accordingly, if any such motion is offered to be moved for which the Queen's recommendation has not been signified, it is the duty of the Chair to announce that no question can be proposed on the motion.1


  1. 3 Hatsell 168; CJ (1808–09) 266. See also paras 33.22, 33.23.