planned for the English regions but was shelved following the
rejection of the proposals for a North East Assembly.
referenda were planned for three English Northern Regions: North
West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside.
The draft Bill on
the proposed powers and responsibilities of elected regional
assemblies was published on 22nd July 2004.
draft Bill, John Prescott said:
"The Bill would give elected assemblies a wide
ranging power to promote economic and social development and to
improve and protect the environment. There will also be some
detailed powers on specific functions. “Since the publication of
the White Paper we have strengthened the powers of elected
regional assemblies in crucial areas such as fire and rescue,
stakeholder engagement and planning. Decisions currently made by
different sets of unelected bureaucrats will instead be taken by
one democratic body elected by the people of the region.
"The Bill shows elected regional assemblies will
have the power to improve people's quality of life in the regions,
particularly by improving regional economic performance, and to
advance sustainable development."
English Devolution links
Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalizing the English Regions
Mayor and Mayor's Assistant) (England) Regulations
Government paper on Regional Governance
DETR on English
Campaign for an English
Guardian report on English Devolution
Charter 88 on English Devolution
New Labour & the English Question
Nationalist view on Devolution
What about the English?
BBC Online Talking point about an
elected Mayor for Birmingham