Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting senior Conservative MPs at a meeting at Chequers to tackle the “West Lothian question”.
The three main parties’ pledge to hand the Scottish Parliament far greater powers following last week’s referendum has angered English MPs. The rights of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that only affect England, known as the West Lothian question, will be a key point of discussion at the Chequers summit, the BBC reports.
The Financial Times says the Government has admitted the Prime Minister will push ahead with devolution for Scotland regardless of the progress of plans to limit Scottish MPs’ voting powers. There is no promise that the two proposals will be completed at the same time.
Number 10 said at the weekend: “We will deliver on Scottish devolution. Alongside that, we will also deliver clear proposals on English votes – there is no backtracking or change.”
In an interview with the Guardian, chief secretary to the Treasury Scottish MP Danny Alexander emphasised the need to separate the debate around devolution.
”It has always been the case that the Scottish process must be independent of any other political discussions and must be dealt with according to the timetable we set out.”
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown led plans for Scottish ‘Home Rule’ in the weeks leading up to the referendum on Scottish independence as the polls narrowed.