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Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Mr Alistair Darling
HM Treasury
Lord Myners
HM Treasury

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010 c.3 | PDF version, 62KB 03.02.2010

Latest news on the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 10 February. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010

The Bill imposes a statutory duty on the Treasury to meet specific targets for the reduction of government borrowing and debt. The Government believes that this legislation demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the public finances.  The Bill gives Parliament a greater role in fiscal policy.

Key areas

The Bill requires the Treasury to make sure that:

  • Government borrowing in each financial year between 2010/11 and 2015/16 is lower than the previous year, measured as a percentage of GDP
  • Government borrowing in 2013/14 is no more than half its 2009/10 level. A draft statutory instrument made under the Bill requires borrowing to be no more than 5.5 per cent of GDP in 2013/14
  • Government debt is lower in 2015/16 than in 2014/15, measured as a percentage of GDP
The Bill also requires the Treasury to report to Parliament in the Budget and in Pre-Budget Reports and to provide an explanation if the targets are missed.

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