Other bills subject to rules of financial procedure

33.22The introduction of and subsequent proceedings on other bills are also affected by the rules of financial procedure in ways considered in subsequent chapters:

  • bills the main object of which is the creation of a charge on public expenditure may only be presented or brought in by a Minister and only taken up when brought from the Lords by a Minister (see para 35.24 );
  • bills with other provisions creating a charge on public expenditure require a Money resolution to be agreed to before those provisions can be considered in committee (see para 35.26 );1
  • bills with provisions not amounting to the main purpose of the bill which create a charge on the people require a Ways and Means resolution to be agreed to before those provisions can be considered in committee (see para 36.2 ).

Bills in the second and third categories may be introduced by a private Member in the Commons or taken up by a private Member when brought from the Lords. Because bills the main purpose of which is to create a charge on public expenditure may only be presented or taken up by a Minister and because bills the main purpose of which is to create a charge on the people can only be brought in upon Ways and Means resolutions which may only be moved by a Minister, a private Member may not introduce a bill in either category.

When bills which should have been brought in on resolutions (see paras 28.3, 33.12 ) have been introduced without such preliminary proceedings, the Speaker has declined to propose the necessary questions and the bills have not been proceeded with.2

Footnotes

  1. 1. Proceedings in committee and on third reading of a bill at a previous sitting have been declared null and void because the necessary financial resolution authorising the provisions of a clause creating a charge on public funds had not been passed, CJ (1985–86) 155.
  2. 2. HC Deb (1912) 35, c 1495, etc.