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Demystifying Financial Privilege: Does the Commons' claim of financial primacy on Lords amendments need reform?

Russell, M; Gover, D; (2014) Demystifying Financial Privilege: Does the Commons' claim of financial primacy on Lords amendments need reform? Constitution Unit, Department of Political Science, University College London: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

At Westminster the House of Commons has primacy over the House of Lords on most matters, and this applies particularly with respect to finance. Notably if the Lords passes an amendment that could affect taxation or spending, MPs may reject it citing the Commons’ “financial privilege”; convention then suggests that the Lords should not insist on the amendment. Recent claims of financial privilege – most prominently on the Welfare Reform Bill in 2012 – revealed significant confusion about this procedure, and led to allegations that it had somehow been abused by government to unfairly deflect opposition. This report clarifies how financial privilege operates, and carefully evaluates the complaints that have been made against it. Built on this analysis, plus some consideration of arrangements in overseas legislatures, it offers recommendations for how arrangements at Westminster could be improved.

Type: Report
Title: Demystifying Financial Privilege: Does the Commons' claim of financial primacy on Lords amendments need reform?
ISBN-13: 9781903903674
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/publication...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Constitution Unit, UCL 2014.
Keywords: Parliament, Westminster, Financial privilege, Commons, Lords, Amendments
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460502
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