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HMT Main Estimates

Estimates are the means of obtaining from Parliament, the legal authority to consume resources and spend cash the government needs to finance department's agreed spending programme

Under long-established constitutional practice it is for the Crown (the government) to demand money, the House of Commons to grant it and the House of Lords to assent to the grant. Estimates are the means of obtaining from Parliament the legal authority to consume resources and spend cash the government needs to finance department’s agreed spending programmes for the financial year (April to March).

Under the Clear Line of Sight reforms which came into effect from 2011-12 and align Estimates, budgets and accounts, Parliament gives statutory authority for the consumption of resources and capital and for cash to be drawn from the Consolidated Fund (the government’s general bank account at the Bank of England) by Acts of Parliament known as Supply and Appropriation Acts. This process is known as “Supply procedure”.

The Main Estimates start the supply procedure and are presented by the Treasury around the start of the financial year to which they relate. Any necessary, New, Revised and/or Supplementary Estimates, asking Parliament for approval for additional resources, capital and/or cash or for authority to incur expenditure on new services, are usually presented in February.

After the end of the financial year (in July) the Treasury presents the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses to Parliament, providing outturn figures for public expenditure by department.

Documents

  1. Main Supply Estimates 2017 to 2018

    • Corporate report
  2. Main Supply Estimates 2016 to 2017

    • Corporate report
  3. Main Supply Estimates 2015 to 2016

    • Corporate report
  4. Main supply estimates 2014 to 2015

    • Corporate report
  5. Main Supply Estimates 2013-14

    • Corporate report
  6. Main Supply Estimates 2012-13

    • Corporate report
  7. Main Supply Estimates 2011-12

    • Corporate report
Published 5 June 2013
Last updated 19 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated with Main Supply Estimates 2017 to 2018
  2. Main Estimates 2015-16 added
  3. First published.