Oddly enough, HMG has not the slightest interest in doing anything of the kind unless it is a question of bribing the Scottish Assembly.
Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked HMG
what plans they have to hold a referendum in England to ascertain the level of support for an English parliament.A reasonable question and one that abides by the "rules" of parliamentary questions: never ask one unless you know the answer. Sure enough, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, on behalf of HMG said:
The Government has no plans to hold a referendum in England to ascertain the level of support for an English Parliament. The Government has published a Command Paper on the implications of devolution for England which contains separate proposals from each of the Coalition parties.Not that I necessarily want any more referendums but how is a Command Paper a substitute for a referendum in terms of popular opinion? Is that the sort of thing Professor William Wallace taught his students on the subject of government?