Votes of Credit

34.23Unexpected demands upon the resources of the United Kingdom, for example for a military undertaking, which on account of the magnitude or indefinite nature of the service cannot be stated with the detail given in an ordinary Estimate, have been brought before Parliament by an application, based on an assessment of the total sum required, for a Vote of Credit.1 Sums obtained upon a Vote of Credit are, like other forms of Supply, available to be expended solely during the financial year in respect of which the grant has been made.2 Votes of Credit were last used during the Second World War.3


  1. For example, CJ (1882) 407; ibid (1944–45) 24, 136; ibid (1945–46) 34.
  2. Parl Deb (1884) 285, c 875.
  3. For an account of how Votes of Credit were authorised, appropriated and accounted for, see Erskine May (22nd edn, 1997), p 752.