The Future of the Union, part one: English Votes for English Laws Contents

4The next steps

The 2016 Review of the new Standing Orders

71.During a House of Commons debate on EVEL on 2 July 2015, the Leader of the House committed the Government to a review of the new Standing Orders twelve months after they come into operation.100 The Procedure Committee will also be undertaking a technical evaluation of the new Standing Orders to feed into this review.

72.While there is evidence that the principle behind EVEL commands popular support, including, as we heard from Professor Wyn Jones, in Scotland and Wales, we have significant doubts that the current Standing Orders are the right answer or that they represent a sustainable solution. They may be unlikely to survive the election of a Government that cannot command a double majority of both English and UK MPs. The Government should use the remainder of the twelve month period in the run-up to their promised review of the Standing Orders to rethink the issue and to develop proposals that are more comprehensible, more likely to command the confidence of all political parties represented in the House of Commons, and therefore likely to be constitutionally durable.

100 HC Deb, 2 July 2015, c1649




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