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Scottish MPs "left out" of debate on UK Government spending

pete wishartSNP MP Pete Wishart has warned that Scottish MPs are being increasingly left out of the debate on government spending because they have been denied the opportunity to discuss the impacts of decisions made in Westminster on Scottish budgets.

The MP and SNP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons was today ruled ‘out of order’ during a parliamentary debate on estimates (government spending) after he attempted to bring up the critical 'Barnett consequentials' which provide a large part of the Scottish budget.

Barnett consequentials is the mechanism used to ensure the devolved administrations receive a sum which is proportional to any supplementary spending in England. Recent flooding in the north of England which saw the UK government announce funding of £100m, resulted in a consequential payment to Scotland of around £9m.

In the debate on English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), the Leader of the House said all issues of 'Barnett consequentials' were bound up in the estimates (government spending) process.

Pete Wishart MP said:

“The SNP was looking forward to debating the important issue of the estimates - which has a knock-on effect in Scotland on our education and health service - only to be ruled out of order.

“English votes for English laws created two tiers of parliamentarians in the House of Commons and created the situation where Scottish MPs can’t properly consider the ‘Barnett conseqientials’ on legislation branded English only. We were invited to look at the estimates procedure to discuss these issues but today we have been told that we can’t even discuss it there.

“Scottish MPs are now totally left out when it comes to considering the Barnet consequentials- we are left with no place to go in order to have a proper debate on this critical part of the Scottish budget. This is a consequence of the dog’s breakfast that is EVEL, and a sad inevitability about the flaws inherent in these proposals.

“We must have the opportunity in Westminster to debate and vote on Barnett consequentials for Scotland and this must be the last time that Westminster puts forward a debate on estimates in this way.

“Changes in Westminster departmental spending hits our health service and our education- Westminster is so in need of reform if the only place we can’t discuss estimates and government spending, is on the ‘estimates debate’ day.”

 

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# Linda graham 2016-03-02 10:08
I would remove all SNP MSPs out of London and set them up in an other area of Holyrood every policy they try to pass gets ignored and now they just ignore all we saw and do
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# Ghillie 2016-03-03 03:18
Pete Wishart looks and sounds suitably pissed off!

Roll on Indie = )
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# Andy mansell 2016-03-03 12:55
If it's something that only affects England then keep your noses out of it. When English mps get to vote on devolved issues you can vote on English only matters
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# Colin 2016-03-03 15:43
If you can read, then you would realise that it affects Scotland. English MPs vote on matters that affect the whole of the UK, which, currently, includes Scotland. What a dumb-ass comment.
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# Jedi44 2016-03-03 20:31
I bet you didn't think anything wrong with English MPs taking up the vast majority of debate about the Scotland Bill, fillibustering like mad with totally irrelevant drivel.
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