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 2)
The Estimates Day debate (day 2) took place on Tuesday 27 February 2017. 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 1)
The Estimates Day debate (day 1) took place on 26 February 2017. 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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