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The evolution of devolution – Committee take evidence on English devolution

19 October 2020

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is to hold a first public evidence session in its inquiry ‘The evolution of devolution: English devolution’.

The session will consult four leading academics in the field of public policy and will take place at 09.30 on Tuesday 20 October.

Purpose of the session

The government has committed to publishing an English Devolution White Paper to set out its plans for “full devolution across England”. The purpose of this evidence session is to investigate the key challenges that the White Paper will need to address and options for improving outcomes from devolution.

Devolution has become an established part of the UK constitutional architecture, but while legislative and executive devolution has been established in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there has been no equivalent devolution in England. This has created asymmetry in UK governance arrangements. Since 2014 there have been a number of initiatives to “devolve “ power within England. Ten combined authorities have now successfully negotiated bespoke “devolution“ deals, adding to the complexity of English local government.

The evidence session will investigate the relationship between the powers of the centre and the regions in order to address two broad questions - how England should be governed and the place of England in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Tuesday 20 October 2020

At 9.30am:

  • Professor Michael Kenny – Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge & Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy

  • Dr Arianna Giovannini – Associate Professor in Local Politics & Public Policy, De Montfort University

  • Professor Sarah Ayres – Professor of Public Policy and Governance, University of Bristol

  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones – Director of Wales Governance and Dean of Public Affairs, Cardiff University

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