Constitution Committee
English votes for English laws

6th Report of Session 2016-17 - published 2 November 2016 - HL Paper 61



Chapter 1: Introduction and background

Chapter 2: The English Question and the West Lothian Question

Proposals for English votes for English laws in the House of

Prior to the 2015 General Election

After the 2015 general election

How the new EVEL procedures work

Alternative solutions to the West Lothian Question

Chapter 3: The Government’s Review

Too soon to judge?

The scope of the Government’s review

Chapter 4: The implications of EVEL for the Union

Spillover effects

Barnett consequentials

Risk of deadlock

Parliament’s role at the centre of the Union

Equality of members

An English Parliament within the UK Parliament?

Certification and legislative competence

Welsh votes for Welsh laws and Scottish votes for Scottish laws

A pro-Union reform?

A solution to the English Question?

Chapter 5: Impact on the House of Lords

Procedural impact

Political impact

EVEL in the House of Lords?

Chapter 6: Impact on the work of Government

Drafting of legislation

Work of UK Government departments

Consideration of territorial extent and devolved competence

Training and guidance

Chapter 7: Standing Orders vs legislation

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

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