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Guides / Delegated Legislation: Frequently Asked Questions

What is delegated legislation? What is Parliament's role in it? And what is a 'Henry VIII' power? We answer your questions.

17 Jun 2022
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Guides / Delegated legislation: Glossary of key terms

Our explanations of all the key terms to help you understand the delegated legislation system at Westminster and the debate about its reform.

05 Nov 2021
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Guides / Financial Scrutiny: the Budget

In order to raise income, the government needs to obtain approval from Parliament for its taxation plans. The Budget process is the means by which the House of Commons considers the government’s plans to impose 'charges on the people' and its assessment of the wider state of the economy.

23 Apr 2021
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Guides / The Finance Bill

The Finance Bill enacts the government's Budget provisions – its income-raising proposals and detailed tax changes. Parliament's scrutiny and authorisation of these taxation plans are crucial in holding the government to account – between elections – for the money it raises and spends.

03 Mar 2021
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Guides / Financial Scrutiny: the Estimates Cycle

In order to incur expenditure the government needs to obtain approval from Parliament for its departmental spending plans. The annual Estimates cycle is the means by which the House of Commons controls the government’s plans for the spending of money raised through taxation.

13 Jul 2020
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