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Committee examines Scotland Office and English Votes for English Laws

18 August 2015

In September and October 2015 the Scottish Affairs Committee holds sessions in London on English Votes for English Laws, and the work of the Scotland Office.

English Votes for English Laws

The Committee holds an evidence session at 10.30am on Tuesday 8 September looking at the Government's proposals for English Votes for English Laws (EVEL).
Pete Wishart MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"English votes for English laws is being introduced without legislation with Parliament being invited to consider an issue of significant constitutional significance at breakneck speed.
EVEL has huge implications for Scottish representation in Westminster and the Committee will ensure that the Government's proposals are subject to proper scrutiny before MPs vote."

The Committee hears from:

  • Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics and Senior Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh
  • Sir William McKay, former Clerk of the House of Commons and chair of the Commission on the consequences of devolution for the House of Commons
  • Michael Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland

The Government's proposals are available online: English Votes for English Laws – proposed changes

The work of the Scotland Office

The Committee takes evidence on Wednesday 14 October 2015 from the Secretary of State, Minister of State and Advocate General for Scotland about their work and priorities for the Scotland office.

The Committee also hears from the Director General for the Scotland Office, and other officials, in relation to the Scotland Office's Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15, which was published on 24 July 2015.

Pete Wishart MP, said:

"The session on the work of the Scotland Office will give us an early opportunity to scrutinise the work of the Scotland Office and will also allow us to examine what the Scotland Office's priorities are for the next five years."

Evidence is welcome in advance of the sessions on EVEL and the work of the Scotland Office. Please email any submissions to the Committee at
You can keep up to date with the Committee's work on Twitter @Scotaffcom, Facebook and the Scottish Affairs Committee website

Further information

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