The plans are meant to answer the West Lothian Question
on why Scottish MPs can vote on matters affecting only England in the Commons, while English MPs cannot vote on areas like Scottish heath and education that are devolved to Holyrood.
ENGLISH MPs have been handed new powers in the House of Commons as the Government moves to answer the so-called West Lothian Question
This conundrum has been known as the West Lothian question
for nearly 40 years, since the MP for the seat at the time, Tam Dalyell, first asked it.
Is the West Lothian Question
keeping you awake at night?
It is true that the idea has been around for a very long time in answer to Tam Dalyell's West Lothian Question
, which asked why Scots MPs should they be allowed to vote on English matters when in Westminster.
When is the West Lothian question
going to be addressed so that the elected representatives of the English constituencies have the sole rights to determine the optimum way forward for the economy over the next four years; leave the Scottish elected MPs to feather their own nest north of the border?
The pro-posals were focused on answering the West Lothian question
- the fact Scottish MPs can vote on English only laws, but English MPs cannot influence laws made in the Scottish Parliament.
Pressure to find a solution to the so-called West Lothian question
was fuelled by Westminster's promise of extra powers for Holyrood during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.
The problem of the West Lothian Question
- Scottish MPs voting on English matters - could be solved by giving regions control over the same areas of policy as Wales and Scotland.
I've always been interested in the West Lothian question
, about whether an MP who represents an area of Scotland should be allowed to vote on English matters, but this is true for any part of the UK.
It was proposed by the independent McKay Commission, set up by the Coalition in 2012 to address the West Lothian Question
but then booted into the long grass.
And he promised a resolution to the West Lothian question
- the fact that Scottish MPs can vote on English issues at Westminster.