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West Lothian Agreement
The West Lothian Council has signed new agreements with housing companies to reduce the number of people forced to house B-B`s and the homeless. The new agreement, part of the Council`s Rapid Rehousing Transition Policy RRTP, aims to meet the growing demand for housing in the county. The new agreement calls for reducing the use of temporary housing for the homeless, currently used by Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan, who have proposed that all powers currently devolved to the Scottish Parliament be transferred to English counties and towns. This would mean that the situation of Scottish MPs voting on a policy that only concerns England would no longer occur, because Parliament would no longer be competent for policies that concerned only England. Therefore, Parliament should choose to do politics either for the United Kingdom as a whole or not at all. Carswell and Hannan write: “All policy areas currently under the jurisdiction of the Holyrood Parliament should be transposed to English counties and cities (and, by the way, answer the question of The West Lothian).”  The Common Housing Register is an agreement between the Council and housing companies commonly known as Registered Social Landlords (RSL), Almond and Weslo to keep a record of all their housing applicants. Their allocation policies are separate. These individual agreements range from 50% of their rents to 68%. Scottish Funding Council Outcome Agreement 2019-20 for West Lothian College. To illustrate his point of view, Dalyell chose the example of a Member of Parliament from West Lothian who was able to vote on issues relating to the English town of Blackburn (in Lancashire), but not on issues concerning the Blackburns in his own constituency. The name “Western Lothian Question” was later coined by Ulster Unionist MP Enoch Powell in response to Dalyell`s speech, when he said: “We have finally understood what the honorary citizen is doing for Western Lothian.
Let`s call it the Western Lothian question.  It is more commonly accepted that the question relates to the anomaly that emerged in 1999, given that Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs were allowed to vote on English issues at Westminster, but that Members of the English constituencies had no influence on the issues entrusted to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  Dalyell was a vocal opponent of Scottish decentralisation in the 1979 and 1997 referendums.