Devolution and Identity in Scotland and Wales

  • Norman Furniss


In this chapter I will review the political history of devolution in Britain from the introduction of the Scotland and Wales Bills in the House of Commons in 1977 through the Hillhead by-election in March 1982. In the course of the discussion and in a separate section I will propose an explanation of why after the ‘technical’ defeat of the provisions of the Scotland Bill and the overwhelming rejection of the Wales Bill in respective referenda there remains a political history to review. Despite commonalities imposed by the form of the Scotland and Wales Bills, to see that this political history is fundamentally different is to begin to understand the nature of possible future developments.


Civil Disobedience Labour Party Political History Conservative Party Social Democratic Party 
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© Donley T. Studlar and Jerold L. Waltman 1984

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