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17The following shall be substituted for section 3 of the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978 (Commons Commission: finance)—
(1)For each financial year the Commission shall prepare and lay before the House of Commons an estimate for that year of the use of resources for the service of the House of Commons.
(2)The Commission may appoint a member of the staff in the House Departments, to be known as the accounting officer, to be responsible for accounting for the use of resources for the service of the House of Commons.
(3)Subject to subsection (4), all fees and other sums payable to the House of Commons shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
(4)The Commission may, subject to any relevant limit set by an Appropriation Act—
(a)direct that resources to a specified value may be applied as an appropriation in aid of resources authorised by Parliament to be used for the service of a particular year, and
(b)make provision similar to section 2(3) to (5) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 about money received in connection with an appropriation in aid.
(5)In this section a reference to the use of resources is a reference to their expenditure, consumption or reduction in value.”
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