Devolution

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on devolution. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
09.09.2016Wales Bill 2016-17: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the committee stage of the Wales Bill 2016-17 in the House of Commons.
25.08.2016Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
27.07.2016The Supreme Court on Devolution
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Supreme Court's role in devolution. The paper explains how cases on devolution reach the Supreme Court and summarises some of the most important cases since 2009.
13.06.2016Wales Bill 2016-17
Briefing paper for the second reading of the Wales Bill 2016-17.
05.04.2016Devolution to local government in England 2014-2016
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises the main developments regarding the process of devolution of powers to local government within England since 2014. It covers the devolution deals agreed between the Government and local areas up to July 2016, including the powers to be devolved, the procedures required for devolution to take place, and reactions to the policy from the local government and policy-making worlds.
18.03.2016Reviewing and reforming business rates
A briefing paper on the introduction of 100% business rate retention and other changes to business rates announced in 2016.
01.03.2016Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government's plans for their implementation.
15.02.2016Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill 2015-16 [Bill 133]
A Bill to implement provisions of the Fresh Start Agreement on tackling paramilitarism and balanced budgets.
20.01.2016Combined authorities
This briefing note outlines the origins and structures of combined authorities, which will handle many of the 'devolution deals' agreed between the Government and local areas in England.
04.12.2015The Barnett formula
This briefing looks at how the Barnett formula works and includes a brief summary of the debate surrounding the formula.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
04.10.2016Wales Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
This Lords Library briefing provides background to the Wales Bill and highlights the key amendments made and discussions held during its passage through the Commons.
01.06.2016Bus Services Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Bus Services Bill and reaction to it, background to its introduction and a summary of the Bill's clauses.
04.06.2015Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2015-16)
This Note outlines the proposals for reform of combined authorities and local authorities set out in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL].
23.10.2014Debate on 29 October 2014: Devolution Following the Scotland Referendum
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate in the House of Lords on 29 October 2014 on devolution following the Scottish independence referendum, which took place on 18 September 2014.
08.08.2014Polling Data on the Scottish Independence Referendum
This Library Note-an update to a previous Note published on 23 June 2014-focuses on public opinion polling data in relation to the Scottish independence referendum.
16.07.2014Wales Bill (HL Bill 34 of 2014-15)
The Wales Bill would provide for a range of measures in three key areas. The first is elections to the National Assembly for Wales, where the Bill would alter the length of the electoral term and rules on candidacy. Secondly, the Bill would make provision with regard to a number of financial matters, including the devolution of some tax-raising powers to the Welsh Assembly. Thirdly, the Bill would make provision with regard to housing revenue account debt in Wales, and to adjust the relationship between Welsh Ministers and the Law Commission.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
18.01.2012Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: Government response to the Committee's first report.
Government response. Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
22.03.2011Constitutional implications of the Cabinet Manual.
Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
11.01.2011The implications for Wales of the Government's proposals for constitutional reform.
Government response. Welsh Affairs Select Committee; Office of the Secretary of State for Wales report [Commons]
18.11.2010The proposed amendment of Schedule 7 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
20.07.2010Wales and Whitehall.
Government response. Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
23.11.2011ELECTORAL SYSTEM IN WALES
That this House recognises that the Government has no mandate to change the current system for elections to the Welsh Assembly; and believes that any proposals for change to that system ...
31.10.2011MICHAEL D. HIGGINS PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
That this House welcomes the election of Michael D. Higgins as President of Ireland as a beacon for reason, tolerance and decency on these islands and throughout the Irish diaspora; ...
08.09.2011COACH CONCESSIONARY TRAVEL
That this House welcomes the decision by the Welsh Assembly Government to honour its pledge to retain the coach concessionary travel scheme for journeys that begin in Wales; acknowledges ...
05.09.2011PROPOSED WELSH LANGUAGE SCHOOL: YSGOL GYMRAEG GWYNFOR
That this House notes that next year will be the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Gwynfor Evans of Barry, who was voted the fourth most important Welsh hero of the last millennium ...
16.03.2011DEVOLUTION
That this House welcomes the result of the recent referendum in Wales; notes that this will give the Welsh Assembly Government direct law-making powers in 20 devolved areas, including ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses