Knight backing English votes for English laws

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Sir Greg Knight, Member of Parliament for East Yorkshire, is backing a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to bring forward proposals to restrict voting on English laws to English MPs and to also examine the funding formula which distributes funding to Scotland.

Currently, many areas of Government responsibility, such as health, are fully devolved by Westminster to the Scottish Parliament but Scottish MPs at Westminster still enjoy a say on English healthcare.

In addition to this the Treasury (Barnett) Formula still sees more government spending per head for Scots than for the English.

Sir Greg said: “As further powers are devolved to Hollyrood it makes sense to deal with the West Lothian Question and re-examine the Barnett Formula.

“England needs to be listened to as well and deserves a fairer settlement”.

Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the idea of English votes for English laws and said he was the only party leader to offer the people of England more rights over their legislation.

The text of the motion reads: “That this House recognises the outcome of the referendum on Scottish independence; welcomes the freely expressed will of the people of Scotland to remain British; notes the proposals announced by Westminster party leaders for further devolution to Scotland; calls on the Government and Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to bring forward proposals that are fair and reasonable for the whole of the United Kingdom, following a period of public consultation to enable people in all parts of the Union to express their views; and, in particular, calls on the Government to ensure that such proposals include a review of the Barnett formula and legislative proposals to address the West Lothian question”.

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