House of Representatives Practice, 6th edition – HTML version

11 - Financial legislation

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Former financial procedures

For an outline of financial procedures prior to 1963 see pages 345–6 of the first edition. In brief, proposed expenditure measures (budget estimates) were considered and debated in the Committee of Supply, and proposed taxation measures in the Committee of Ways and Means. The relevant appropriation or taxation bills were introduced following the committees’ recommendation that the measures be approved.[17]


17. These committees were ‘committees of the whole House’, that is, all Members were entitled to participate. The committees’ proceedings took place in the Chamber of the House and the Chairman of Committees presided.

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