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Main Estimate Day debates topics recommended

23 June 2021

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

Debates on Estimates

On 29th June, there will be debates on estimates relating to the following departments:

  • The spending of the Department for Education on measures to support education recovery (on the application of Robert Halfon)
  • The spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on building safety (on the application of Clive Betts)

On 30th June, there will be debates on estimates relating to the following departments:

  • The spending of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Official Development Assistance and the British Council (on the application of Sarah Champion and John Baron)

After the debates, the House will be asked to agree to 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.

Further information

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