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for the immediate resumption of the committee of supply Chapter compels the reproposal of the question for the Speaker's _ leaving the chair; and a division has been taken against Part IV. that question,' and amendments moved thereto.
When the order of the day for the committee of supply becomes a dropped order by a sudden adjournment of the house, under the practice explained elsewhere (see p. 263), if necessity arises, the house at the next sitting immediately resolves itself into the committee of supply.
Notice of transaction of business in committee of supply.— When the transaction of business is desired, notice of the estimates intended to be submitted to the committee is affixed to the order of the day. The notice of an estimate bas been waived by the house, on the 11th June, 1886, Waiter of
notice, see under urgent circumstances; and, similarly, it has been p. 244. held that estimates could be considered, public notice in the house having been given of an intention to take them, although notice to that effect had been accidentally omitted from the notice paper circulated among the members of the house.
Form of supply resolutions.-Each grant is placed before the committee of supply by a motion, which repeats the definition contained in the estimate of the total amount of each grant, and of the particular service for which the sum
1 24th May, 1860, 115 C. J. 267.
• Assistant-Surgeons, Navy, 8th April, 1850, 105 ib. 198; Billeting Soldiers, 7th April, 1856, 111 ib. 124; Forms of Prayer, 13th July, 1858, 113 ib. 306; 115 ib. 454; Flogging in the Army, &c., 15th March, 1867, 122 ib. 106; Recruits, 16th May, 1867, ib. 219; 133 ib. 266; 174 H. D. 3 s. 1960; 205 ib. 1515; 206 ib. 322. In order to meet the require ments of the public service, the house has exercised much freedom of action in dealing with the com. mittee of supply, and the resumption of the committee has been obtained, immediately after business has been transacted therein, upon the report to the house of the resolu
tions of the committee. Thus on one occasion, the house went into committee, three resolutions were passed, and on the report of the resolutions, & motion was made forth with that the sitting of the committee should be resumed, 27th June, 1879, 134 O. J. 301 ; 247 H, D. 3 s. 888. 1046. And a like motion has been made at a nine o'clock sitting when pursuant to a standing order, since repealed, the chairman made his report to the house, 15th July, 1887, 142 0. J. 373 (see p. 213, n. 1.)
: 21st June, 1889, 337 ib. 425; 68 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 449. See also 39 ib. 283.
Chapter is demanded. The form the motion takes is, “ That a sum,
-- not exceeding l., be granted to his Majesty, to defray Part IV.
the charge which will come in course of payment during
object therein specified.
Sh. be submitted to the committee in the order selected by the
mover without regard to the order and arrangement of the
A grant may also be submitted to the decision of the Items voted
1 215 H. D. 3. s 1014.
2 18th March, 1887, Navy Grants: (1) men, (2) wages, (3) supplement. ary, 142 C. J. 121; do. 5th and 9th March, 1891, 146 ib. 125.131. Army: (1) men, (2) pay, (3) supplementary, 14th and 19th March, 1890, 145 ib.
3 28th June, 1883, 280 H. D. 3 s. 1713.
23rd Aug. 1887, 319 ib. 16291; 133 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 1530.
s 171 H. D. 3 s. 937.
demand, and founded on various estimates for the same Chapter
service, can be proposed in one motion ; for instance, a Supple supplementary grant, in addition to the original grant Part IV. mentary
Debate on grants.
specified in the estimates, can be taken in one resolution, s
was made. Procedure The motion by which a grant on account is proposed, Debate on on a grant
u grants on on account. follows the customary form. The motion states the total
sum required; and the various amounts needed for each P. 62
Grants proposed by a minister.—The proposal of a motion
ferred to the committee of supply. Procedure Except in the manner of moving amendments (see p. 616), Relerancy in com
the procedure of the committee of supply follows the on supply,
* Suppression of the Slave Trade, 178 H. D. 3 s. 740. 144 C. J. 456.
5 The last occasion was the 16th 3 26th March, 1863, 118 ib. 140; August, 1883, 283 H. D. 3 s. 877. 9th April, 1877, 132 ib. 138.
6 146 C. J. 145. 3 132 ib. 139.
Chapter entertained. Each resolution for a grant forms a distinct
motion, which can only be dealt with by being agreed to, Part IV.
reduced, negatived, superseded, or, by leave, withdrawn ; 1
Here the power of the committee ceases. The committee
function. Public ex. The constitutional principle which vests in the Crown No increase penditure
. of sums and the the sole responsibility over national expenditure, and which specified recommend- uniao the Commonat
he forbids the Commons to increase the sums demanded by the boy Croron, see Crown for the service of the state (see p. 563), is strictly
enforced in the committees of supply, and ways and means.
1 175 H. D. 3 s. 77.
: 169 H. D. 3 s. 1267; see also Pay of General Officers, 10th March,
1834, 21 ib. 1377; General Officers of Marines, 29th Feb. 1864, 173 ib. 1282.
specified in the estimate. If such increase be necessary, the Chapter original estimate must be withdrawn, and a revised estimate
presented, specifying the number of men required, or the Part IV. No altera- sum to be demanded, or additional estimates must be pretion of destination. sented. Nor can the committee attach a condition or an
expression of opinion to a grant, nor alter its destination.?
with the description thereof in the estimate.
-The method which regulates the proposal of amendments
amend, ments over the original motion.
In 1858, the new ministry having proposed reductions in the army and navy estimates prepared by their predecessors, a question arose whether, in committee of supply, the votes proposed by them might not be in creased to the amount of the original estimates. To obviate these doubts, revised army estimates were prepared, and the order for referring the original army estimates to the committee was discharged (113 C. J. 112. 120): but as regards the navy estimates, no such precaution was taken.
2 See Speaker's ruling, 4th Aug 1843, 71 H. D. 3 s. 294. Though
undoubtedly out of order, amend. ments of this nature have been moved, but the proceeding has been either withdrawn, or subsequently negatived, such as an amendment to a building grant for the University of London, by a proviso, "That no part of such sum shall be applied to the erection of any building according to either of the designs now exhibited,"—& proviso omitted on report, 122 C. J. 266. 270; see also 130 ib. 324.
3 118 ib. 231. 239; 170 H. D. 3 s. 1882. 2024.
- 3rd May, 1886, 141 C. J. 180 ; 305 H. D. 3 s. 166.