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.

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.

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