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Academics and think tanks give evidence on Union and devolution

3 November 2015

On Wednesday 4 November the House of Lords Constitution Committee hears evidence from constitutional academics and think tank directors as part of its inquiry into the Union and devolution


At 10.30am the Committee hears from:

  • Professor John Curtice, Strathclyde University
  • Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh

At 11.30am the Committee hears from:

  • Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy
  • Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust for Education and Research

Possible questions

In the first session, questions will focus on how the Union was perceived in Scotland during the independence referendum; how support for the Union differs across the four nations of the UK; and how far the public are prepared to accept different levels of taxation and services in different parts of the UK.

In the second session, the Committee will ask the witnesses whether legislative devolution to or within England is necessary to deliver a settled constitutional settlement; what impact English Votes for English Laws might have on the Union; and whether decentralisation as envisaged in the City and Local Government Devolution Bill might answer the 'English question'.

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