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Supplementary Estimate Day debates topics recommended

4 March 2021

The Backbench Business Committee has proposed the topics for the Supplementary Estimates Day debates.

Debates on estimates

On Wednesday 10 March, there will be debates on estimates relating to the following departments:

  • The spending of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and support for the DCMS Sectors during the covid-19 recovery (on the application of Julian Knight)
  • The spending of the Cabinet Office insofar as it relates to the 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (on the application of Philip Dunne, Darren Jones and Bim Afolami)

At approximately 7pm, the House will be asked to agree all outstanding estimates.

What is an Estimates Day debate?

The House of Commons sets aside three Estimates Days each year on which to consider the estimates of public spending by government departments.

Following applications from Members, the Backbench Business Committee proposes the subjects to the Liaison Committee, which formally recommends them to the House.

Usually the subject of a recent report by a departmental select committee is chosen, which in turn relates to a particular estimate.

Two estimates days take place in the summer to consider the Main Estimates, with one taking place in the spring for the Supplementary Estimates.

An estimate selected for debate can be amended, but only reductions to the estimate can be proposed. Amendments to increase spending are not allowed.

Once the estimates have been agreed, they're put into legislative form through a Supply and Appropriation Bill.

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