Henry Smith MP raises English Votes with the Leader of the House of Commons

 

Henry Smith MP has continued the call for English votes for English laws, and has raised the issue with the Leader of the House of Commons on Tuesday, 14th July.

Henry said;

“Before the General Election, I was delighted to become a Patron of the Fair Votes for All campaign, and I am pleased that a Conservative majority government is listening to the concerns of people in Crawley and beyond.

“The Government plan to change the way legislation in the House of Commons is considered. This will ensure English and Welsh MPs have a fairer say over laws that only affect their constituencies, and are on matters which have been devolved.”

English votes for English laws addresses the so-called ‘West Lothian Question’; the position where English MPs cannot vote on matters which have been devolved to other parts of the UK, but Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs can vote on those same matters when the UK Parliament is legislating solely for England.

Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, asked the Leader of the House of Commons;

“May I invite my right hon. Friend to say how incredulous he is that the SNP, which thought we should have had a longer discussion on English votes for English laws—the people of Crawley certainly want that—is now complaining that we have more time to discuss this very important issue?”

 

The Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, responded;

“I fear that what we are seeing on the Opposition Benches is the shape of the Government we thankfully did not get in May; a collaboration between a party that claims to be Unionist but behaves in the opposite way and a party that wants to break up the United Kingdom. All I can say is thank goodness the electorate saw through them.”

 

External link:

English votes for English laws: an explanatory guide to proposals (UK Government)

14 July 2015

 

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