House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Mawhinney Lord Mawhinney Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Randerson on 16 July (HL Deb, col 588), under what circumstances the Sewel Convention would be set aside in order for the national interest to prevail.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

Under the Sewel Convention, Parliament would not normally legislate with regard to devolved matters except with the agreement of the devolved legislature. This is an important element of the understandings by which devolution operates across the UK, and we would be reluctant to depart from it in anything other than exceptional circumstances.

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