English Votes for English Laws investigated in new Lords inquiry
8 June 2016
The Constitution Committee is conducting a short inquiry on the constitutional impact of "English Votes for English Laws" (EVEL).
On 20 October 2015, the Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling MP, wrote to the Constitution Committee, asking it to “contribute to the work being undertaken on EVEL, in particular with regard to any wider constitutional implications”. The Committee agreed to undertake a review of EVEL's impact, including its effect on the House of Lords and the wider implications for the constitution as a whole.
Scope of the inquiry
The inquiry intends to focus on the impact the EVEL procedures have had in the following areas:
- The House of Lords. The Committee will consider whether EVEL has any impact on procedure in the House of Lords, and any effects on the way the House of Lords operates more generally.
- UK Government departments. The Committee will investigate whether EVEL has affected the way that UK Government departments plan and draft legislation.
- The Union and wider constitution. The Committee will explore the wider impact of EVEL on the Union, and whether it answers the West Lothian Question. This continues work begun during the Committee's inquiry on the Union and Devolution.
Written evidence is not being solicited for this short inquiry. If, however, any individual or organisation would like to make a written submission they should, in the first instance, contact the Committee staff.
Oral evidence sessions will take place in June and July, and the Committee intends to publish its report in September, ahead of the Government's review of EVEL in the autumn.