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The Territorial Select Committees, 40 years on

Torrance, David and Evans, Adam 2019. The Territorial Select Committees, 40 years on. Parliamentary Affairs 72 (4) , pp. 860-878. 10.1093/pa/gsz032

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The territorial departmental select committees have largely escaped academic scrutiny since their establishment in 1979 (for Scotland and Wales) and 1994 (Northern Ireland). This article charts the history of territorial representation in Westminster, including the creation of grand committees for Scotland and Wales and a Northern Ireland Standing Committee, before explaining the forces that led to the creation of territorial departmental select committees. The article then explores the work of these committees after their formation, and explores how they have responded to the devolution dispensations in their respective nations. A key theme of this article is the influence of constitutional developments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on territorial committees at Westminster. Indeed, as this article highlights, the different timings of establishment, the asymmetric levels of (in)stability in the various devolution dispensations and prolonged suspensions of devolution in Northern Ireland have had an impact on the role of the respective territorial select committees.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Additional Information: This article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0 (
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 0031-2290
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 September 2019
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2019 09:11

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