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

Formal Minutes

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Members present:

Bernard Jenkin, in the Chair

Ronnie Cowan

Oliver Dowden

Mr Paul Flynn

Mrs Cheryl Gillan

Kelvin Hopkins

Gerald Jones

Mr David Jones

Tom Tugendhat

Mr Andrew Turner

Draft Report (The Future of the Union, part one: English Votes for English Laws), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 12 read and agreed to.

Paragraph—(Mr David Jones)—brought up and read, as follows:

Notwithstanding these concerns, the Blair administration, upon its election in 1997, proceeded to implement its manifesto commitments for devolution for Scotland and Wales without addressing the West Lothian Question. It is highly regrettable that Parliament decided to proceed with devolution for Scotland and Wales with such haste. Proper consideration should have been given to the well-rehearsed West Lothian Question when designing the devolution settlements. A failure to do so then has led to the difficulties that the present Government is now seeking to address through EVEL.

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

Oliver Dowden

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan

Kelvin Hopkins

Rt Hon David Jones

Tom Tugendhat

Andrew Turner

Noes, 3

Ronnie Cowan

Mr Paul Flynn

Gerald Jones

Ordered, That the paragraph be read a second time.

Amendment proposed, in line 1, to leave out “It is highly regrettable that … been” and insert “It would have been preferable if Parliament had decided to proceed with devolution for Scotland and Wales with proper consideration being”.—(Ronnie Cowan.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 1

Ronnie Cowan

Noes, 8 

Oliver Dowden

Mr Paul Flynn

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan

Kelvin Hopkins

Rt Hon David Jones

Gerald Jones

Tom Tugendhat

Andrew Turner

Question negatived.

Paragraph (now paragraph 13) inserted.

Paragraphs 14 to 72 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 2 February at 10.00am.




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