Bills of Aids and Supplies

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33.21Some financial legislation takes the form of Bills of Aids and Supplies. Such bills can be divided into four categories, the first two concerned with legislative authorisation of expenditure and the last two concerned with the legislative authorisation of taxes:

  • Supply and Appropriation Bills (see paras 34.3534.37 );
  • bills providing for statutory authorisation for support for the royal household (see para 34.42 );
  • Finance Bills (see paras 36.3436.35, 36.39 );
  • other bills that are founded upon Ways and Means resolutions and which create a charge upon the people (see para 36.43 ).

The three distinguishing characteristics of Bills of Aids and Supplies are that they must originate in the House of Commons, that they must be derived from founding resolutions and that they have particular words of enactment and forms of signification of Royal Assent reflecting their character as Bills of Aids and Supplies. The words of enactment were considered in Chapter 26 (see para 26.9 ) and the other aspects are considered in subsequent chapters.

Bills of Aids and Supplies are subject to a different and more limited form of proceedings in the House of Lords, described in Chapter 37 (see paras 37.1537.16 ). Under Lords procedure, Bills of Aids and Supplies are sometimes referred to as Supply bills.

For a description of the pronouncing of the Royal Assent by Commission to a Bill of Aids and Supplies, see para 30.38.