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12:30 - 14:00 9 May 2013

Return to the West Lothian Question


Council Room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Jeffery, University of Edinburgh, Professor Jeffery has held a Chair in Politics at the University of Edinburgh since October 2004 and is currently Head of School of Social and Political Science and Vice Principal for Public Policy and Impact at the University. He directed the Economic and Social Research Council’s research programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change from 2000 to 2007 and was a member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council from 2005 to 2011.
Sir Stephen Laws, Sir Stephen Laws was called to the Bar in 1973. He joined the Civil Service in 1975, and the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in 1976. Sir Stephen was First Parliamentary Counsel from 2006 to January 2012. In that capacity, he was the permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office responsible for the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and the Offices of the Government’s Parliamentary Business Managers. Sir Stephen was an adviser to different governments on parliamentary and constitutional matters.

In the context of devolution, roughly half of all Acts of Parliament apply to only part of the UK, with some 30 per cent applying only to England and Wales. How to deal with such legislation in Westminster (or "English votes for English laws") is the perennial West Lothian Question. The McKay Commission was set up in January 2012 and tasked with investigating possible answers. Due to report by May 2013, two of its Commissioners will be discussing the Commission's findings following their 17-month investigation.

Please note that this seminar is at the earlier than usual time of 12.30. A light sandwich lunch will be served from 12.00.


Ben Webb
+44 (0)207 679 4977 | Constitution@ucl.ac.uk


McKay Commission website
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