Proceedings in the Commons

34.39Under Standing Order No 56, proceedings on a Supply and Appropriation Bill are purely formal. The question on second reading is put forthwith as soon as the order of the day is read,1 no order is made for the committal of the bill, and the question for third reading is then likewise put forthwith. Proceedings on such bills may be decided at any hour, even if opposed.


  1. 1. A Consolidated Fund Bill has been presented and immediately proceeded with as if its second reading stood as an order of the day, in pursuance of an order of the House, CJ (2005–06) 485, 519. SO No 56 refers to Consolidated Fund and Appropriation Bills, but in modern practice a distinct Consolidated Fund Bill which does not also appropriate the amounts so authorised is unlikely.