The leader of the SNP has told the BBC that her MPs will vote on English health matters if it helps to protect the Scottish NHS.
Nicola Sturgeon’s comments come the day before a bill on more tax and spend powers for Scotland is published.
They also add to the heated debate about English votes for English laws.
The Tories want English MPs to have sole say on English laws. Labour, which has 40 Scots MPs, rejects that view, while the Lib Dems back limited change.
The SNP has six MPs in the House of Commons and in practice they do not vote on non-Scottish legislation.
But she explained: “On health, for example, we are signalling that we would be prepared to vote on matters of English health because that has a direct impact potential on Scotland’s budget.
“So, if there was a vote in the House of Commons to repeal the privatisation of the health service that has been seen in England, we would vote for that because that would help to protect Scotland’s budget.”
Read more at BBC Health.