Local revenues and National Insurance within the scope of privilege

37.7The Commons have long included not only bills dealing with public expenditure and revenue but also bills which deal with local revenues or charges as matters to which their privilege extends. Hence they have claimed to waive their privilege in considering Lords amendments to bills proposing council tax1 and have disagreed to Lords amendments to bills proposing a community charge on grounds of privilege;2 and they have similarly claimed to waive their privilege in respect of bills relating to other revenues, such as land drainage rates where river boards were financed by contributions from local authorities and had power to levy charges on agricultural property.3 Privilege is now claimed in respect of charges on the National Insurance Fund, which since 1993 has been supplemented out of money provided by Parliament4 (see para 35.7 ).


  1. 1. Local Government Finance Bill 1991–92, CJ (1991–92) 258.
  2. 2. Local Government Finance Bill 1987–88, CJ (1987–88) 679–83.
  3. 3. Land Drainage Bill 1961, CJ (1960–61) 306.
  4. 4. National Insurance Contributions Bill, CJ (2007–08) 548.