Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence


Supplementary memorandum by Campaign for an English Parliament (RG 66(a))

  Its recommendations:

A.  THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE IN ITS REPORT

  1.  that devolution has been granted only to Scotland and Wales and none to England;

  2.  that "regional government" is not devolution but just English local government re- organisation;

  3.  that because responsibilities for Scottish and Welsh local government are devolved, it, and indeed the ODPM, when dealing with local government issues, in fact deals only with English local government issues;

  4.  that by reason of the form devolution legislation took in 1998 the West Lothian Question applies to this Inquiry and therefore no MP from a Welsh, NI or Scottish constituency should be a member of it;

  5.  that, contrary to the discrimination content of that legislation in favour of Scotland, each of the constituent nations of the Union should receive equal constitutional, political, financial and cultural respect and treatment from the Union government and enjoy equally devolved powers, with no one constituent nation, namely Scotland, receiving preferential treatment;

  6.  that accordingly the English Question applies to the legitimacy of the Select Committee itself whenever as in this case it considers an issue which concerns England only;

  7.  and therefore in the interests of political and constitutional justice and equality it (the Select Committee) should abandon this Inquiry and register on behalf of the people of England the demand that they should have their own devolved institution with the same powers and executive as the Scottish Parliament to deal with all matters of English local government independently of the UK Parliament and Government.

  England like Scotland should be master of its local government arrangements.

B.  THAT THE SELECT COMMITTEE WILL RECOMMEND A FUTURE DEVOLVED NATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR ENGLAND

  8.  that the historic English counties are organic in origin and acceptance;

  9.  that English city regions likewise can be organic if their boundaries and powers are decided by its devolved national institution with due sensitivity to the actual commercial and cultural interplay of the area;

  10.  that the GLA is organic;

  11.  that the recently created eight English "regions" are non-organic, that is, they have been imposed without electoral mandate, their assemblies are constituted of non-elected members, their boundaries are artificial and bewilderingly unrealistic, they have no roots in England's history or culture and they "express no sense of English identity and shared values at the local level" (D Blunkett MP. March 2005).



 
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