Decentralisation: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on various aspects of devolved power in the UK.

Devolution: what next for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Overview of devolution in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since the 1998 devolution settlement

Fiscal devolution to Scotland

When will the Smith Commission's proposals for further devolution, including extensive tax-raising powers, be put into full effect?

The English Question

Examines the issue of MPs representing seats in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland debating and voting on legislation affecting England

Current Briefing Papers

The Key Issues articles were published in May 2015. However, the Commons Library produces new briefings as topics evolve.

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