Devolution — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:13 am on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 11:13 am, 2nd July 2015

My Lords, that was not terribly helpful. Given that that the Barnett formula allocates resources to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the basis of a set proportion of the amounts voted on English programmes by the House of Commons, how can it be fair, sensible or even democratic to introduce English votes for English laws while retaining the Barnett formula as the means of funding? Is it not high time that Conservatives returned to Conservative principles: that constitutional reform should be careful, cautious and on the basis of consensus?