4 of the Laws of Belize - THE CONSTITUTION OF
114.-(l) All revenues or other moneys raised or received
by Belize (not being revenues or other moneys payable
under this Constitution or any
other law into some other public fund established for
a specific purpose)
shall be paid into and form one Consolidated Revenue
(2) No moneys shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated
Revenue Fund except to meet expenditure that is charged
upon the Fund by this Constitution or any other law
enacted by the National Assembly or where the issue
of those moneys has been authorised by an appropriation
law or by a law made in pursuance of section 116 of
(3) No moneys shall be withdrawn from any public fund
other than the Consolidated Revenue Fund unless the
issue of those moneys has been authorised by a law enacted
by the National Assembly.
(4) No moneys shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated
Revenue Fund or any other public fund except in the
manner prescribed by law.
115.-(l) The Minister responsible for finance shall
prepare and lay before the House of Representatives
in each financial year estimates of the revenues and
expenditures of Belize for the next following financial
(2) The heads of expenditure contained in the estimates
(other than expenditure charged upon the Consolidated
Revenue Fund by this Constitution or any other law)
shall be included in a Bill, to be known as an Appropriation
Bill, providing for the issue from the Consolidated
Revenue Fund of the sums necessary to meet that expenditure
and the appropriation of those sums for the purposes
(3) If in respect of any financial year it is found-
that the amount appropriated by the appropriation
law for any purpose is insufficient or that a need
has arisen for expenditure for a purpose for which
no amount has been appropriated by that law; or
that any moneys have been expended for any purpose
in excess of the amount appropriated for the purpose
by the appropriation law or for a purpose for which
no amount has been appropriated by that law,
supplementary estimate showing the sums required or
spent shall be laid before the House of Representatives
and the heads of any such expenditure shall be included
in a supplementary Appropriation Bill.
116. Any law enacted by the National Assembly may make
provision under which, if the appropriation law in respect
of any financial year has not come into operation by
the beginning of that financial year, the Minister responsible
for finance may authorise the withdrawal of moneys from
the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purpose of meeting
expenditure necessary to carry on the services of the
Government until the expiration of four months from
the beginning of that financial year or the coming into
operation of the appropriation law, whichever is the
117.-(l) Any law enacted by the National Assembly may
provide for the establishment of a Contingencies Fund
and for authorising the Minister responsible for finance,
if satisfied that there has arisen an urgent and unforeseen
need for expenditure for which no other provision exists,
to make advances from the Fund to meet that need.
(2) Where any advance is made in accordance with subsection
(1) of this section a supplementary estimate shall be
presented and a supplementary Appropriation Bill shall
be introduced as soon as possible for the purpose of
replacing the amount so advanced.
118.-(l) There shall be paid to the holders of the offices
to which this section applies such salaries and such
allowances as may be prescribed by or under a law enacted
by the National Assembly.
(2) The salaries and allowances prescribed in pursuance
of this section in respect of the holders of the offices
to which this section applies shall be a charge on the
Consolidated Revenue Fund.
(3) The salary prescribed in pursuance of this section
in respect of the holder of any office to which this
section applies and his other terms of service (other
than allowances that are not taken into account in computing,
under any law in that behalf, any pension payable in
respect of his service in that office) shall not be
altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.
(4) When a persons salary or other terms of service
depend upon his option, the salary or terms for which
he opts shall, for the purposes of subsection (3) of
this section, be deemed to be more advantageous to him
than any others for which he might have opted.
(5) This section applies to the offices of the Governor-General,
the Chief Justice, Justice of Appeal, justice of the
Supreme Court, member of the Belize Advisory Council,
member of the Public Services Commission, member of
the Elections and Boundaries Commission, the Director
of Public Prosecutions and the Auditor-General.
(6) Nothing in this section shall be construed as prejudicing
the provisions of section 112 of this Constitution.
119.-(1) There shall be charged on the Consolidated
Revenue Fund all debt charges for which Belize is liable.
(2) For the purposes of this section debt charges include
interest, sinking fund charges, the repayment or amortization
of debt, and all expenditure in connection with the
raising of loans on the security of the Consolidated
Revenue Fund and the service and redemption of debt
120.-(l) There shall be an Auditor-General whose office
shall be a public office.
(2) The Auditor-General shall-
satisfy himself that all moneys that have been
appropriated by the National Assembly and disbursed
have been applied to the purposes to which they
were so appropriated and that the expenditure conforms
to the authority that governs it; and
at least once in every year audit and report
on the public accounts of Belize, the accounts of
all officers and authorities of the Government,
the accounts of all courts of law in Belize, the
accounts of the Belize Advisory Council and every
Commission established by this Constitution and
the accounts of the Clerk to the National Assembly.
(3) The Auditor-General and any officer authorised by
him shall have access to all books, records, returns,
reports and other documents which in his opinion relate
to any of the accounts referred to in subsection (2)
of this section.
(4) The Auditor-General shall submit every report made
by him in pursuance of subsection (2) of this section
to the Minister responsible for finance who shall, not
later than seven days after the House of Representatives
first meets after he has received the report, lay it
before the House.
(5) If the Minister fails to lay a report before the
House in accordance with the provisions of subsection
(4) of this section the Auditor-General shall transmit
copies of that report to the Speaker who shall, as soon
as practicable, present them to the House.
(6) The Auditor-General shall exercise such other functions
in relation to the accounts of the Government or the
accounts of other authorities or bodies established
by law for public purposes as may be prescribed by or
under any law enacted by the National Assembly.
(7) In the exercise of his functions under subsections
(2), (3), (4) and (5) of this section, the Auditor-General
shall not be subject to the direction or control of
any other person or authority.
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