Technical Review of the English votes for English laws Standing Orders

Leader of the House written statement – made at on 30 March 2017.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

The Government introduced English Votes for English Laws on 22 October 2015 to address the long-standing West Lothian Question. English votes for English laws has provided MPs with constituencies in England (or England and Wales) the right to consent to legislation that applies only to England (or England and Wales).

Upon introduction, the Government committed to a technical review of the Standing Orders related to English votes for English laws and the procedures they introduced. The Government launched the technical review on 26 October 2016.

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Government’s report following the technical review. The Government report also responds to three Parliamentary Select Committees which have led inquires into English votes for English laws over the past twelve months.

The publication can be found through the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-votes-for-english-laws-review