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Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000

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1Application of sums issued

(1)Where a Consolidated Fund Act or Appropriation Act authorises a sum to be—

(a)issued out of the Consolidated Fund, and

(b)applied to the service of a specified year,

every sum issued in pursuance of the Act shall be applied towards the service of that year.

(2)Section 2(1) of the [1891 c. 24.] Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891 (issues from Exchequer) shall cease to have effect.

2Appropriation in aid

(1)The Treasury may, subject to any relevant limit set by an Appropriation Act, direct that resources may be applied as an appropriation in aid of resources authorised by Parliament to be used for the service of a particular year.

(2)A direction under subsection (1) shall be—

(a)made by minute, and

(b)laid before Parliament.

(3)Subsections (4) and (5) apply where money is received in connection with an appropriation in aid which has been or is expected to be directed under subsection (1).

(4)Where the money is received in the year for the service of which the appropriation in aid is authorised—

(a)the appropriation in aid is authority for the money to be used in accordance with the Treasury’s direction, and

(b)in so far as it is not used for that purpose it shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(5)Where the money is received in a year other than that for the service of which the appropriation in aid is or is to be authorised, it shall be—

(a)retained and applied as a use of resources authorised by Appropriation Act for the service of the year in which the money is received, or

(b)paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(6)Section 2(2) and (3) of the [1891 c. 24.] Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891 (appropriation in aid) shall cease to have effect.

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