Committee Updates November 2015
English Votes for English Laws – Proposed changes to Standing Orders
The constitutional law committee submitted a further briefing to MPs on proposed changes to Standing Orders of the House of Commons, with the aim of providing a ‘definitive answer to the West Lothian Question’. Confining its comments to constitutional and legal implications to the proposed changes, the briefing questioned whether or not it was appropriate for a constitutional change of this nature to be made by amendments to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. From a legal standpoint, the brief goes on to highlight the issues that may arise from the role of the Speaker who has to certify that the legislation in question relates exclusively to England or England and Wales and is within devolved competence.