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REGIONAL DEVOLUTION 'SOLUTION TO BRITAIN'S ILLS'

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'Devolution can be part of the solution to Britain's ills', according to Gerald Holtham, director of the Institute ...
'Devolution can be part of the solution to Britain's ills', according to Gerald Holtham, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, which publishes a report on the issue today.

The Western Mail reports (p2) 'The State and the Nations, The Politics of Devolution' treats each part of Britain differently. English regional assemblies should be set up made up of councillors, indirectly elected, to carry out strategic planning and scrutinise quangos.

London should have a mix of a county council and a directly elected regional assembly with control over transport, the IPPR report says.

The institute says that Labour's proposed assembly for Wales should be elected by proportional representation, and that an assembly with: 'only devolved administrative and executive powers would merely bring a greater level of democracy to an existing but unaccountable level of government.'
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