Sunday, 4 March 2007

English votes on English Matters

NORTH Dorset MP Bob Walter will present a Bill to Parliament this week in a new bid to stop MPs from Scotland and Northern Ireland voting on issues that only affect England and Wales.
Mr Walter's Private Members Bill would provide an answer to the "West Lothian Question".
It would allow the Speaker of the House of Commons to decide when a particular issue only affects England and Wales, allowing it to be debated and voted on only by those MPs.

Mr Walter said: "Scotland is essentially internally self-governing but they still send 59 Members of Parliament to London.
"They can vote on laws which only affect England and Wales.
"I think that is very unfair particularly when we as English MPs have no say on healthcare or schools or roads in Scotland but they can have that say on what happens in England."

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