621. The position of the two Houses of Parliament.

(ii)     Control of Public Money

621.     The position of the two Houses of Parliament.

The House of Commons claims an exclusive privilege1 in respect of legislation affecting public expenditure and taxation2, including local government finance3, and denies the right of the House of Lords to initiate or amend provisions of this nature except in so far as the Commons themselves are prepared to relax or waive their privileges4.

While the Lords have tacitly acquiesced5 in the Commons claim as regards initiation and amendment of bills which come within the