Presentation under Standing Order No 50

35.24Bills the main object of which is the creation of a charge on public expenditure, except Supply and Appropriation Bills, may be presented or brought in by a Minister in the same manner as bills which involve a charge that is subsidiary to the main object: that is to say, the bills do not need to be founded on previously adopted Money resolutions, and the necessary Money resolutions may instead be considered after the second reading of the bill in the same way as are Money resolutions relating to other bills. The same dispensation extends to bills brought from the Lords, so long as they are ‘taken up’ (see paras 28.8, 28.11 ) by a Minister (Standing Order Nos 50(2) and 80). Bills presented in the House of Commons under Standing Order No 50 are recorded accordingly in the Journal and are distinguished by a note at the top of the first page; the same applies to bills brought from the House of Lords and proceeded with in accordance with Standing Order No 80.

Bills the main purpose of which is to provide legislative authorisation for a new object of expenditure which would otherwise rest on the sole authority of an Appropriation Act (sometimes known as ‘Concordat’ or ‘Baldwin convention’ Bills) are introduced under Standing Order No 50.1

The provisions of Standing Order No 50 apply only to bills presented or taken up by a Minister. It follows that a private Member may not introduce a bill the main object of which is the creation of a charge on public expenditure, or take up such a bill which has originated in the House of Lords. Thus, the Speaker has declined to allow a private Member to present a bill of which notice had been given having concluded that the main objective of the bill was to impose a charge on the revenue.2

The criteria which are adopted to determine whether the ‘main object’ of a bill is or is not to create a charge on public expenditure are outlined below.

The practice which requires certain stages of financial bills to be taken on different days (see para 33.23 ) does not apply to bills proceeded with under Standing Order No 50.


  1. 1. See para 33.11.
  2. 2. Political Contribution Bill, HC Deb (1969–70) 801, cc 410–13.