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Leading constitutional academics give evidence on devolution and the Union

14 October 2015

On Wednesday 14 October the House of Lords Constitution Committee holds two evidence sessions, hearing 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 sessions will take place on Wednesday 14 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.30am:

  • Professor Adam Tomkins, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell, QC, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

At 11.30am:

  • Professor Robert Hazell, Constitution Unit, UCL

Possible questions

Possible questions the Committee may put to the witnesses include:

  • What is the purpose today of the Union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
  • What might be the benefits of establishing an agreed set of principles of devolution or the Union? Are there any disadvantages to doing so?
  • Given that the devolved legislatures were established by popular consent through referendums, is the concept of parliamentary sovereignty of the UK Parliament now out of date as a central principle of the UK constitution?
  • Is a devolution settlement that does not include legislative devolution to or within England sustainable in the long-term?
  • To what degree can policy or service-delivery diverge in different parts of the UK before compromising the economic or social union?
  • Is focusing on constitutional solutions sufficient to establish a more stable devolution settlement? What else could or should be done?

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