Excess Votes

34.20The need for an Excess Vote arises when a department has incurred expenditure or other use of resources upon an existing service beyond the amounts authorised for it during the financial year in question, or where there is no proper parliamentary authority for the service.1


  1. 1. The House, by resolution (CJ (1849) 190), has attached great importance to the duty of departments not to exceed the limits to their expenditure established by Parliament. However, the Committee of Public Accounts has also drawn attention to the undesirability of over-estimating on the part of departments as a means of avoiding an Excess Vote (eg HC 362 (1968–69) para 29).