Main Estimates

34.8At the opening of a new session, the Queen's Speech customarily contains a reference to the fact that Estimates for the public services are to be laid before the House of Commons. This announcement relates principally to the Main Estimates which set out the use of resources and the grants of cash which will, during the financial year to which the Estimates relate, be required to make financial provision for the civil and defence services, and five independent services namely: the House of Commons Administration, the National Audit Office, the Electoral Commission, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.1 On presentation, the Estimates are ordered to be printed. It should be noted that, although presented ‘by Command’, the Estimates are, unlike other Command Papers, presented not to both Houses of Parliament but to the House of Commons only, and are printed not at the instance of a department but by order of the House. They are numbered as House of Commons papers, and not in the Command Paper series.

Footnotes

  1. 1. In recognition of the independence from the Government of the bodies concerned, the Estimates for House of Commons Administration, the Electoral Commission, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England are laid by the Speaker, and the Estimate for the National Audit Office by the Chair of the Public Accounts Commission, and not by the Treasury. However, the House of Commons: Members Estimate is laid by the Treasury, as is that for the House of Lords.