Restrictive effect of terms of Money resolution

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35.28In view of the way in which the terms of a Money resolution limit the scope of the expenditure provisions of a bill, the Speaker has had occasion to deprecate an excessive amount of detail in the drafting of such resolutions as tending to restrict unduly the power of private Members to propose amendments. The view of the Government on the proper practice in this matter was laid down by a Treasury circular, which was communicated to the House and accepted by the Speaker at the time as conforming to the legitimate desires of the House.1 There continue, nevertheless, to be occasional cases of Money resolutions drafted in considerable detail or setting financial limits.2


  1. 1. HC Deb (1934–35) 295, c 1236; ibid (1937–38) 328, cc 1593–60; ibid (1939–40) 357, c 1193. See also ibid (1956–57) 569, cc 85–86W.
  2. 2. See, for example, Electricity Bill [Money], CJ (1988–89) 47–9; Railways Bill [Money], CJ (1992–93) 389–90; Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [Money], Votes and Proceedings, 29 November 2016; NHS Funding Bill, Votes and Proceedings, 27 January 2020.