MPs debated the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Spending Review 2015 and reform of the police funding formula on 1 March 2016.
The debates follow the publication of the estimates for the allocation of expenditure for Central Government, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the year ending March 2016.
Estimates day debate: Spending Review 2015
The debate was opened by Crispin Blunt, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, responded on behalf of the Government.
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee held an inquiry into the FCO and the 2015 Spending Review and published its report on 23 October 2015. The Government Response to the Committee report was published on 11 February 2016. Further information can be found on the Foreign Affairs Committee webpages.
Estimates day debate: Reform of the police funding formula
The debate was opened by Keith Vaz, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee. The Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, Mike Penning, responded on behalf of the Government.
The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee held an inquiry into the reform of the police funding formula and published its report on 11 December 2015. The Government Response to the Committee report has yet to be published. Further information can be found on the Home Affairs Committee webpages.
All public spending has to be approved by Parliament. Estimates of spending are presented to Parliament and three 'estimates days' are set aside each year to debate the content of those estimates presented.
In practice, estimates days are often used for debating one or more estimates or select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.
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