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devolution

Politics a transfer or allocation of authority, esp from a central government to regional governments or particular interests
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The SNP had hoped to exploit both the motions which would have accompanied the creation of a devolutionary Scots Parliament and the frustrations and possible conflicts which would have followed even under a Labour Government.
The key point about the assembly is that it would have been a focal point to demand exactly the devolutionary powers that Ms Swanson is arguing for.
The Government, having set out on this devolutionary course, must see it through to its logical conclusion.
SIR - I have to agree with Welsh Secretary Peter Hain, who believes that this is not the time for a referendum on further devolutionary powers ("Doubts at 2011 deadline for Scots style law making", June 16).
This meant that the devolutionary aspects of the Government's proposed reforms - a rationalised funding structure with a radically slimmed-down Arts Council and more powerful regional arts boards taking their place alongside the proposed new structure of regional government - sounded mighty attractive.
The problem is that Gordon Brown doesn't have a devolutionary bone in his body.
That will inevitably mean services such as housing and waste collection will be exercised further away from the people, and in the context of what is supposed to be a devolutionary measure, that is regrettable.
Or am I missing something, and is Lord Garel-Jones advocating the introduction of Welsh passports as a natural next step in the devolutionary process?
Sir - Gordon Brown has been warned that his promotion of Britishness is in contravention of Wales' devolutionary progress.
Sir - We have become used to the highly personalised and barely coded attacks which Welsh Tory MPs frequently launch against their own party leader in Wales over devolution but this week Tory MPs revealed their determination to block the devolutionary process.