Min­is­ters given right to spend on prepa­ra­tions

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Min­is­ters are to be al­lowed to spend money on prepa­ra­tions for Brexit with­out wait­ing for par­lia­men­tary ap­proval, it has been an­nounced.

The move comes af­ter the sur­prise rev­e­la­tion by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond on Wed­nes­day that £250 mil­lion had been given to four White­hall de­part­ments from Trea­sury re­serves to spend on Brexit, with de­tails to be spelt out in next month’s Bud­get.

In a state­ment to the House of Com­mons, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Trea­sury Liz Truss said that a pro­ce­dure known as a “tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion” was be­ing used to en­sure that es­sen­tial prepa­ra­tions were not de­layed by the nor­mal re­quire­ment for all spend­ing to be au­tho­rised by leg­is­la­tion, as set out in a Trea­sury rule­book called Man­ag­ing Pub­lic Money.

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