Rules forbidding the increase of charges

36.46Amendments must not exceed the scope, increase the amount or extend the incidence of any charge upon the people, defined by the terms of the Ways and Means resolutions by which the provisions proposed to be amended are authorised.1 The rule is essentially the same as that in connection with financial resolutions explained at paras 28.105, 28.113 and 35.27.

Where a Ways and Means resolution is framed in general rather than specific terms, modern practice is not to permit a private Member to propose an amendment the effect of which would be to increase the liability to tax of any person beyond what has been proposed by the Crown (see para 33.20 ).

If it is desired to move new clauses or amendments which exceed the terms of the relevant Ways and Means resolutions, further resolutions must be passed, with instructions to the committee on the bill before such new clauses or amendments can be considered.2 If it is desired to re-commit the bill and then proceed on the same day to the report stage, an order must be made to set aside the practice of the House regarding the interval between the stages of a bill brought in on a financial resolution (see para 33.23 ).3


  1. 1. Parl Deb (1894) 24, c 1219; ibid (1901) 96, c 473; ibid (1904) 136, c 591; ibid (1904) 138, c 527; CJ (1909) 473; HC Deb (1909) 11, c 1763; ibid (1912–13) 41, cc 2425, 2451; ibid (1914) 64, c 690; ibid (1914–16) 75, cc 202, 204, 217; ibid (1916) 83, c 941; ibid (1919) 118, c 325; ibid (2005–06) 437, c 57.
  2. 2. For example, CJ (1992–93) 79, 679.
  3. 3. CJ (1974) 276.