Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of Children and Social Work Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 5:23 pm on 7th March 2017.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development) 5:23 pm, 7th March 2017

My hon. Friend is making an important point. We have always been worried about the EVEL Standing Orders placing the Chair in an invidious position. Will that not increase if the Scotland Office, and the Government as a whole, cannot be clear about what powers will be devolved to Scotland in the event of Brexit? The Scotland Act sets out that if something it not reserved, it is devolved, but if the UK Government start to legislate, how on earth will the Chair know whether something should be subject to the EVEL process?