The latest answer to the English Question

Tom Griffin
9 June 2008

Tom Griffin (London, The Green Ribbon):
The Telegraph has an interesting leak from the Conservative Party's long-awaited Democracy Task Force report. It claims that Ken Clarke's committee has rejected Malcolm Rifkind's proposals for an English Grand Committee.

Instead, he is said to have advised allowing all MPs to vote on English legislation at the initial second reading stage of parliamentary scrutiny.
But only English MPs would get to vote during the detailed committee stage of the legislative process, where real changes can be effected.
At the third and final reading, all MPs could once again vote, but a new parliamentary undertaking would prevent any party using Scottish votes to block amendments made by English MPs.


A sceptical Gareth Young has dubbed the plan 'English pauses for English causes.' Iain Dale has denounced it as a sop.

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