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Academics questioned on the Union and devolution

28 October 2015

The House of Lords Constitution Committee on Wednesday 28 October hears evidence on the purpose of the Union between the constituent nations of the United Kingdom, and on the principles that should underpin the UK's devolution settlement.


The evidence session takes place on Wednesday 28 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.30am:

  • Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Jim Gallagher, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
  • Professor Alan Trench, University of Ulster

Possible questions

Possible questions the Committee may put to the witnesses include:

  • Do the purpose and benefits of the Union vary between the four nations?
  • Would constitutional stability be improved if key principles underlying the Union and devolution were set out in some form of charter or inter-governmental agreement?
  • How should such principles be incorporated into the work of governments and parliaments around the UK?
  • Can the UK's territorial constitution ever be regarded as settled and stable while there is significant asymmetry between the powers of the nations of the UK?
  • Is a settlement that does not include legislative devolution to or within England sustainable in the long term?

Further information

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