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The procedure of the House of Commons and the territorial constitution

The Procedure Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the ways in which the procedures of the House of Commons engage with the United Kingdom’s territorial constitution.

Issues the Committee plans to examine include, but are not limited to:

  • The operation and effect of the standing orders establishing the “English votes for English laws” procedures
  • Procedures for notification to the House of decisions of the devolved legislatures relevant to matters under consideration in the House, including decisions on legislative consent motions
  • The procedural steps required to facilitate greater joint working between committees of each of the UK’s devolved legislatures and committees of the House, for purposes including shared scrutiny of intergovernmental working on policy areas of common interest

The Committee will be taking account of recent work in this field, including the work of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the House of Commons Liaison Committee and the Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit.

As part of its inquiry, the Committee will be examining examples of best practice in other parliamentary chambers, with particular reference to constitutional systems which operate on devolved and federal models.

Written submissions on any issue relevant to the Committee’s inquiry are welcome. They should be made through the Committee’s evidence portal.

The deadline for submission of written evidence has been extended to noon on 31 July 2021.

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