Regional Devolution and Local Government

  • Derek Senior


Regional devolution, as I understand it, does not mean the reconstruction of the United Kingdom as a federation or confederation of separate states, each with its defined field of sovereignty; nor does it mean the decentralisation by central government of the conduct of some of its present business to region-based outposts of Whitehall. It means the transfer by central government of some of the decision-making responsibilities now exercised by Whitehall, its regional directorates and its ad hoc regional agencies, to a level of democratic self-government intermediate in scale between central and local government as now constituted, but so similar in principle to local government that it could eventually serve as the upper tier of an adequately reformed system of local administration.


Local Government Central Government Regional Government Regional Authority County Council 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    Royal Commission on the Constitution, Devolution and Other Aspects of Government: An Attitudes Survey Research Paper 7 (HMSO, 1973).Google Scholar
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    Royal Commission on Local Government in England, Written Evidence of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (HMSO, 1967) pp. 60–6.Google Scholar
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    Department of the Environment, Reform of Local Government in England Cmnd. 4276 (HMSO, 1970).Google Scholar
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    Department of Health and Social Security, National Health Service: The Administrative Structure of the Medical and Related Sciences in England and Wales (HMSO, 1968).Google Scholar
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    Department of the Environment, Local Government in England: Government Proposals for Re-organisation Cmnd. 4584 (HMSO, 1971) para. 32.Google Scholar
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    Department of the Environment, Development Plans: A Manual on Form and Content (HMSO, 1970) paras 3–6.Google Scholar

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