First use of 'English votes' rules

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House of Commons

New “English attest ti for English laws” rules have been implemented in the House of Commons for the first place time.

Conservative MPs cheered as English and Welsh members pre red to fail their consent to rts of the Housing and Planning Bill that at most apply to their constituencies.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis contemplated he was “very proud” to be implementing the reforms.

But the SNP said the changes were “tour Scotland out of the door”.

They were introduced in response to calls for a harsher voice for English MPs following increased devolution to Scotland.

Where rts of a tabulation are deemed to only affect England, or England and Wales, a new stage is continued to the usual law-making process at which only MPs for English – or English and Welsh – constituencies can endorse.

Following the end of the Housing Bill’s report stage, Speaker John Bercow ceased the sitting of the Commons for five minutes before finalising which stocks applied to which nations.

After MPs debated the new rules – MPs representing Scottish constituencies were allowed to speak but not to vote – the “consent motion” for England and Wales was agreed without a branch.

The Housing Bill, which includes an extension of the right-to-buy for housing group tenants in England, was later approved by all MPs at third reading stage.


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