Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:56 pm on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Conservative, Chippenham 2:56 pm, 22nd October 2015

Today’s debate is not about devolving power to England or about reclassifying some MPs; it is about restoring the balance to give England a strong voice again on English matters, and in turn, to strengthen the Union. For too long, we have suffered from a halfway attempt at devolution. We must rectify that, especially as we are honouring the promises we made to deliver the Smith commission report and to devolve greater powers down to all parts of the United Kingdom.