Memorandum by Jane Howells (RG 30)
DEVOLUTION IN CORNWALL
I understand the ODPM Committee is due to discuss
issues relating to regional government and I should like to submit
a number of points to underline how essential it would be to proceed
with devolution in Cornwall.
1. Cornwall is different. Cornwall is not
a standard "English county". There are considerable
differences with regard to ethnicity, history, culture, geography
etc and social stresses and economic difficulties continue to
be generated while the current situation of non-differentiation
2. At this point, with further Objective
One funding about to come through, Cornwall needs to manage its
own regeneration and to be given the responsibility which will
create the confidence which is lacking at the moment. Cornwall
is very capable of developing a rounded economy based on experience
and localised decision making which will help it move away from
a debilitating tourist economy, increasingly the model dictated
to Cornwall by central government.
3. A Cornish Assembly or equivalent will
counteract the perception of peripherality, thus reducing the
number of talented youngsters leaving Cornwall.
4. Positive and socially beneficial aspects
specific to Cornwall such as culture, history, language etc can
be developed without the current obstructions to the benefit of
the majority of residents.
There is great potential in Cornwall for increasing
the economic and social wellbeing of the population by devolving
power to a Cornish level. Furthermore there is a positive desire
for this devolution from the grass roots up, along with the knowledge
that Cornwall will always be different and can never be successfully
fitted into the average "English county" framework.