MPs continued debating estimates of public spending by government departments on Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July 2018. These are the third and fourth days of debate on estimates, the previous two took place in February 2018.
Estimates day (day four): Tuesday 3 July 2018
MPs debated spending by the Department for Education and HM Treasury on grants to the devolved institutions.
Estimates day (day three): Monday 2 July 2018
MPs debated spending by the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
MPs debated the Government's estimates of public spending by Government departments over two Estimates Days for 2017-2018 on Monday 26 February and Tuesday 27 February.
Estimates day (day two): 27 February 2018
The first subject debated was the Spending of the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government on homelessness. This was followed by debate on the spending of the Department of Transport.
Estimates day (day one): 26 February 2018
The subjects debated were the spending of the Ministry of Defence and the Spending of the Department for Exiting the European Union.
The House of Commons sets aside 'estimates days' each year on which to consider the estimates of public spending by government departments. The topics of debate on these days are chosen by the Liaison Committee. Usually the subject of a recent report by a departmental select committee is chosen, which in turn relates to a particular estimate.
Any Backbench MP can submit a bid to Backbench Business Committee for a debate on public spending for one of these debates. Debate bids should relate to issues related to public spending included in Estimates.
MPs are then asked to approve the estimates for each Department by passing a resolution of the House. These resolutions form the basis of two Supply and Appropriation Bills each year which when passed give the budgets legal authority.
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