Estimates day debates: Support for housing costs and mental health services

03 March 2015

MPs debated support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system and child and adolescent mental health services, on Tuesday 3 March 2015 in the House of Commons.

Estimates day debate: Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

The debate was opened by Anne Begg, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee. The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, responded on behalf of the Government. The Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, Helen Goodman, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Relevant documents

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee held an inquiry into the support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system and published its report on 26 March 2014.  Further information can be found on the Work and Pensions Committee webpages.

Estimates day debate: Child and adolescent mental health services

Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health Committee opened the debate. The Minister of State for Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government. The Shadow Minister for Public Health, Luciana Berger, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Relevant documents

The House of Commons Health Committee held an inquiry into the Children's and adolescents' mental health and CAMHS and published its report on 28 October 2014.

The Government Response to the Committee report was published on 10 February 2015. Further information can be found on the Health Committee webpages.

Public expenditure

Estimates

Supplementary estimates for the year ending 2014-15, Excesses 2013-14, and Remaining Estimates 2015-16, were agreed by the House on question, without a vote.

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill

The Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill 2014-15 was brought in following agreement to the Estimates.

The Bill provides Parliamentary authority for funds requested by the Government. It is part of 'supply procedure', which is how Parliament grants the Government’s requests for resources. Proceedings on the Bill are formal: there is no debate and the Bill goes through 'on the nod'.

This type of Bill was previously known as the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

Related information

Estimates days

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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