Harriett Baldwin, Conservative MP for West Worcestershire, introduced the second reading of the Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill, a Private Member's Bill, in the House of Commons on Friday 11 February, 2011
Broadly, the Bill would require the Secretary of State to make a statement stating what legal and financial effect draft legislation would have on each part of the United Kingdom.
The Bill would make it possible to separately and clearly identify legislation that would apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Bill passed second reading with a vote, Ayes 19, Noes 17, and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee.
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