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English Votes for English Laws re-examined

18 July 2016

David Lidington, newly appointed as Leader of the House of Commons, will appear before the Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday 19 July in a session on English Votes for English Laws.

Witnesses

Tuesday 19 July 2016, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.00pm

  • Michael Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
  • Daniel Gover, Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Daniel Kenealy, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh

At 2.45pm

Background

The controversial measures prevent MPs from Scottish constituencies from voting at some stages of the legislative process for laws deemed to apply England or Wales only.

The session comes six months after the mechanisms were first used and is the first time the Leader of the House has appeared before the committee since they have been put into effect.

Also appearing is Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland.

Chair's comments

Ahead of the session, Committee Chair Pete Wishart commented:

"As a Committee we are deeply concerned about the impact that English Votes for English Laws is having on the ability of MPs from Scotland to represent their constituents and fully scrutinise the bills put before us.

We are also concerned about the process for deciding who can vote on what legislation, and a lack of recognition of the knock-on effects to Scotland’s finances of laws that have been ruled to be outside our remit.
 
“We will be asking Mr Lidington what he will be doing to monitor the impact of the legislation, and what he sees as its successes and failures.

We will also be seeking his views on the claim that a two-tier system of MPs has been created by removing Scottish MPs from an entire section of the legislative process."

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