West Lothian question

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West Lothian question

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the apparent inconsistency that members of parliament who represent Scottish constituencies are eligible to vote at Westminster on matters that relate only to England, whereas members of parliament from English constituencies are not eligible to vote on Scottish matters
[C20: because the issue was first raised by the Scottish politican Tam Dalyell (born 1932) at the time when he was MP for West Lothian]
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With monetary policy more responsive to fiscal policy set by the English Grand Committee (presumably by a Conservative majority), this would have been to the detriment of Scotland.
IF settling the English question (also known as the West Lothian question) was as simple as an allEngland parliament at Westminster, an English Grand Committee, or English votes for English laws, as Conservative MPs would have us believe, it would have been settled years ago.
IF settling the English question (also known as the West Lothian question) was as simple as an all England parliament at Westminster, an English Grand Committee, or English votes for English laws (EVEL), as Conservative MPs would have us believe, it would have been settled years ago.
Mr Cameron said the move to deal with the issue was likely to form part of the party's manifesto at the next general election and outlined plans to set up an English Grand Committee, which would deal with "English-only legislation".
Mr Cameron said the move to set up an English Grand Committee would deal with the so-called "West Lothian Question".
The Tory leader said England-only legislation should be decided by an English grand committee made up of MPs from south of the Border.
As you point out, the particular interests of the West Midlands' region are unlikely to be met by an English Grand Committee.
But Mr Clarke, due to present his own proposals to Mr Cameron in the coming weeks, said simply yesterday, "I don't agree with an English grand committee.
Now the Tories propose to sort out this anomaly by setting up an English Grand Committee that will exclude all those MPs representing constituencies elsewhere.
Tory sources also confirmed Cameron is set to back plans drawn up by Sir Malcolm Rifkind to create an English Grand Committee to freeze out Scots MPs.
The suggestion today that the Conservative Party, if it forms the next Government, may establish an English Grand Committee to deal with key policy issues outside of taxation, foreign policy and defence has merit and is worth discussing, but would probably pose as many questions as answers.
An English grand committee in Parliament has no more chance of working than the Tories' other half-baked idea, English votes for English law.