In autumn, the House of Representatives discusses all the budgets of the various ministries. On Prince's Day, the cabinet published the budgets for 2018. As a rule, the debates on the budget bills are held shortly after Prince's Day, but this year, the House decided to postpone the debates until after the taking office of the new cabinetso as to be able to have the debates with the new ministers and state secretaries.

Amending and voting

The House of Representatives can amend budget bills just as it can any other bill. The House is due to vote on all the budget bills and the amendments at the end of December.

Once the budget bills will have been passed by the House of Representatives, it will be the Senate's turn to examine them. However, the Senate cannot amend the budgets. The budget year in which the ministries implement the budgets, begins on 1 January 2018.

• See also: Prince's Day.

Debate in stages

The debate about the budgets takes place in stages and often stretches over several days. In the first stage of the deliberations in the House, MPs ask questions and enter into debate with each other. The members of the cabinet usually take the floor one or two days later, for what is called the first stage of the cabinet, in which the questions posed by the MPs are answered. The first stage is followed by a second stage, during which MPs raise unanswered questions again and propose motions and amendments. The conclusion of the second stage is the answering of the minister or state secretary in charge, during which he or she also comments on the motions and amendments proposed.

Calendar of debates on budget bills

7 and 8 November

  • Kingdom Relations (IV)

14, 15 and 16 November (week 46)

  • Tax Plan 2018 (+ voting on Tuesday 16 November )
  • Foreign Affairs (V)
  • Interior (VII) (including Spatial Planning component of Infrastructure and the Environment, Municipalities Fund (B) and Provinces Fund (C) + Housing and the Central Government Sector (XVIII)

21, 22 and 23 November (week 47)

  • Budget of the King (I) + General Affairs (IIIA t/m C)
  • Defense (X)
  • Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (XVII)

28, 29 and 30 November (week 48)

  • Security and Justice (VI)
  • Infrastructure and the Environment (XII) including Infrastructure Fund (A) (except Climate and Spatial Planning components)
  • 5, 6 and 7 December (week 49)
  • Education, Culture and Science (VIII)
  • Economic Affairs (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) (XIII)

12, 13 en 14 December (week 50)

  • Health, Welfare and Sport (XVI)
  • Economic Affairs (Economy and Innovation) and the Climate component of the budget for Infrastructure and the Environment (XIII)

19, 20 and 21 December (week 51)

  • Social Affairs and Employment (XV)
  • Voting on all the budget bills