Thursday, 19 February 2015

Winston learns what italics mean in a Finance Bill

Extract from Hansard, 25 June 1930, vol 240 cc1183–244

The Committee on the Finance Bill (considering clause 29) looks at clauses printed in italics:
The CHAIRMAN
On the second point which the right hon. Gentleman has raised, in relation to italicised Clauses, I still hold the opinion that italicised Clauses are not part of any Bill, and have no life, and therefore that they need not be taken cognisance of until a Money Resolution dealing with them has been introduced and passed in the proper form.
Mr. CHURCHILL
Does the whole point turn upon the typography?
The CHAIRMAN
Not necessarily. I am giving my view of what italicised Clauses mean in a Bill. They are there for the purpose of directing attention to the fact that a Money Resolution is necessary, and, if a Money Resolution has not been passed before they are reached, the Chairman does not pay any attention to them, and in my opinion ought not to pay any attention to them. That is what happened in 1914.

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