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Estimates day debates

4 July 2022

Estimates days are a chance for Members to debate and agree the Government’s spending plans. Following a meeting on 27 June, the Backbench Business Committee has proposed the topics for the Main Estimates Day debates.

On Tuesday 5 July, there will be debates on estimates relating to the following departments:

  • The Spending of the Department for Work and Pensions on the cost of living measures: Sir Stephen Timms MP
  • The Spending of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales on measures to support the Welsh economy, and its consequences for the devolved institutions: Stephen Crabb MP
  • The Spending of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on action on climate change and decarbonisation: Philip Dunne MP

On Wednesday 6 July, there will be debates on estimates relating to the following departments:

  • The Spending of the Department for Education: Robert Halfon MP
  • The Spending of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the strategy for international development: Sarah Champion MP

After the debates, 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. Further information on the Main Estimates – the Government spending plans for 2022-23 can be found in this Commons Library briefing.

Further information

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