Monday, 23 July 2007

For Wales, don't see England

Having spent Saturday dodging showers at Lord's, I'm only just catching up on the weekend papers.

Saturday's Western Mail featured an interview with Tory leader David Cameron, who seems determined that the next Conservative manifesto will reflect the consequences of devolution - and reduce the rights of Welsh and Scottish MPs at Westminster.

Cameron has moved with the times, reflecting the changes that have given the Welsh Assembly law-making powers.

But the principle remains the same as that from the 2005 manifesto (written by D. Cameron).

"Now that exclusively Scottish matters are decided by the Scottish
Parliament in Edinburgh, exclusively Welsh and English matters
should be decided in Westminster without the votes of MPs sitting
for Scottish constituencies who are not accountable to English and
Welsh voters. We will act to ensure that Welsh and English laws
are decided by Welsh and English votes."

Presumably, should a future Conservative Government decide to legislate on Welsh only matters at Westminster (St David's Day, perhaps?) in the interests of consistency it will exclude English MPs from the process.

1 comment:

Ordovicius said...

Presumably, should a future Conservative Government decide to legislate on Welsh only matters at Westminster (St David's Day, new Language Act?) in the interests of consistency it will exclude English MPs from the process?


Isn't that already the case?

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