Voting Rights (MPs)

Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 9th July 2015.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) 9:30 am, 9th July 2015

What his policy is on the voting rights of hon. Members in the House.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

The Government’s proposals, to which I assume the hon. Gentleman is referring, would ensure that all

MPs voted on legislation—on Second Reading, Report and Third Reading. The Government’s proposals would ensure, however, that English and Welsh MPs, when they are affected, would consent to the new laws that affect only their constituents on subjects that are devolved elsewhere.

Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions)

The Minister mentioned the opinion poll of the general election on 7 May. All Members from my party were voted in with full rights to represent the interests of our constituents. That is what the Government’s proposals seek to take away. Also, she talks about a veto for English and Welsh MPs, but does she not recognise that we have a mandate from the Scottish people to implement home rule? It is the veto of Government Members that is stopping the people of Scotland getting their express wishes.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

The people of Scotland voted to stay part of the Union last year. I respect the fact that the SNP have 56 MPs, but I would point out that in considering the Scotland Bill we are not debating individual Bills: we are debating the powers that will be transferred from the remit of the UK Parliament and Government to the Scottish Parliament and Government. That is a two-way conversation, and that is why all Members of the House may express their views during that deliberation.