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Harriett Baldwin questions DPM on McKay report

4th June 2013

Harriett Baldwin questions the Deputy Prime Minister about recommendations made in the McKay report on offsetting the consequences of devolution - especially in light of the large amount of England-only legislation to be considered by this Parliament.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): The Deputy Prime Minister has made it clear that he is passionate about devolution. Has he had a chance to read the recommendations in the report by his Department’s McKay commission, which address the offsetting consequences of devolution? In this Parliament in Westminster, a lot of legislation is England-only but can be voted on by MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Has he had a chance to see those recommendations?

The Deputy Prime Minister: It is a very important, thorough and thoughtful report that comes up with some ingenious proposals for how the mechanics of this place could be reorganised to reflect votes that take place on issues that affect only English constituencies. Of course, it requires careful consideration and we are giving it that. It does not endorse some of the more radical proposals for an English Parliament and so on, but is all about the internal mechanics of this place and we will give it all due consideration.

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