Reports & Briefings
Federalism in Canada and devolution in the United Kingdom both face emerging challenges. Questions exist over the right level of social solidarity and welfare. There are disputes over fiscal decentralisation and transfers.
As the Scotland Bill continues its journey through Westminster, Prof Nicola McEwen addressed a recent public meeting discussing its progress and implications. These are the slides from that event, organised in association with Democracy Matters and the ESRC.
On 20 October 2015, the UK Government published the draft Wales Bill. The overall purpose of the Bill is to implement the UK Government’s St David’s Day “Agreement” of February 2015 in order to establish a clear and lasting devolution settlement for Wales.
The Committee has published a short, accessible Guide to Devolution in Scotland, containing information and facts and figures on devolution to date and the key features of the Scotland Bill 2015-16.
This current reform is also likely to have wider constitutional implications. It is possible that it will in time lead to pressure for a more substantive form of EVEL, particularly if further powers are devolved to other parts of the UK.
As part of the Committee’s scrutiny of inter-governmental relations, the Committee commissioned external research of the legislative oversight of inter-governmental relations in other jurisdictions.
The Constitution Committee of the House of Lords is currently conducting an inquiry into the impact of devolution on the UK, what binds the constituent parts together and how the Union might be strengthened and reinforced.