Voting the remaining Estimates under Standing Order No 55
34.33Under Standing Order No 55, any outstanding Estimates (in other words, those Estimates not selected for debate on an Estimates day) may be dealt with under the so-called ‘roll-up’ procedure, that is to say without debate, provided that at least two days' notice has been given and that the dates on which they are put down for consideration comply with certain deadlines at different stages of the session.1 These deadlines, and the Estimates to which they apply, are:
Not later than 18 March2
- Votes relating to personnel numbers for defence services (Defence Votes A);
- Votes on Account for the coming financial year;
- Supplementary and New Estimates for the current financial year which have been presented at least 14 days previously;
- Excess Votes relating to the preceding financial year, provided that the Committee of Public Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the amounts necessary being authorised by Excess Vote.
Not later than 5 August
- Amounts set out in outstanding Estimates.
In determining the total amounts required for each financial year, account has to be taken of the amounts voted for particular Estimates on any of the three Estimates days; those amounts are subtracted from the total amounts sought in a ‘roll-up’ motion. Under Standing Order No 55(1) the Speaker is required at the moment of interruption on any day designated for ‘roll-up’ motions to put the question on any outstanding vote relating to numbers for defence services (Defence Votes A) and any motion authorising amounts, set out in outstanding Estimates. It remains open to Members to vote against any of these questions, but no amendment may be proposed, nor is it possible for Members to vote against any of the individual items or sub-totals which go to make up the total amounts put to the House under the procedure laid down by Standing Order No 55.3
- 1. Paras (2) and (3) of SO No 55 each apply to only one day in a normal session. In the case of a long session which lasts beyond one normal Supply cycle, what is now SO No 55(3) has applied to two separate days ‘not later than 5 August during the same session in successive calendar years, eg Votes and Proceedings, 4 July 2017 and 3 July 2018.
- 2. In 2006, the deadline was changed to 20 March, CJ (2005–06) 484, 518.
- 3. The roll-up procedure does not apply to Votes of Credit or votes for supplementary or additional Estimates for war expenditure (SO No 55(5)).