Devolution

Speaking in Parliament on 16 December 2014 Mike Gapes MP criticised the Government  Command Paper on devolution in England which is confused and inadequate.  Here is his question to the Leader of the House and the inadequate response from William Hague. 

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): London is not just a local government, but a city region. As a Greater London MP, I have no say on what the Mayor of London or the Greater London Authority do with regard to transport policy, yet I do have a say on matters relating to transport and roads in the constituency of the Leader of the House. Will he explain why that anomaly is not referred to at all in either the Conservative or the Liberal Democrat papers?

Mr Hague: I have answered that question several times. Liberal Democrats propose the devolution of law-making powers to city regions or to other smaller local authority units. We are not proposing that in the Conservative party. The laws that relate to the hon. Gentleman’s constituency and to mine are set in this Parliament, and it is the setting of those laws that we are discussing in this Command Paper.

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