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Lords Committee question Oliver Letwin on creating a stable long-term territorial settlement for the UK


The House of Lords Constitution Committee will this week take evidence from Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister responsible for ‘coordinating constitutional reform', as part of their inquiry into the Union and devolution.

Questions the Committee will ask Mr Letwin include:

  • As further powers are devolved within the UK, which need to be retained at the UK Parliament and Government level?
  • How far should the UK Government retain control of areas such as welfare that are key to the redistribution of wealth and resources across the UK?
  • Whether the Government is committed to demand-led devolution; and, if so, what it is doing to assess public demand for the devolution of powers in England?
  • How does the Government make decisions on constitutional matters?
  • What might be the advantages to establishing a new constitutional framework setting out principles of devolution, intergovernmental relations and the protection of human rights?
  • Following the introduction of ‘English votes for English laws' and City Deals how will the governance of England develop over the next decade?
  • How can the public be better engaged in the process of agreeing devolution City Deals?
  • How the Government responds to concerns that ‘English votes for English laws' would prevent a Scottish MP becoming prime minister and could prevent a future government passing its Budget.
The evidence will start at 10:30am on Wednesday 10 February in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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