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devolution

n. the transfer of rights, powers, or an office (public or private) from one person or government to another. (See: devolve)

devolution

noun assignment, bequeathal, bequest, change of hands, conveyance, delegation, delegation of duties, deliverance, delivery, demise, devise, interchange, nonretention, reversion, substitution, succession, succession of property rights, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transmission
Associated concepts: devolution of liability, devolution of property
See also: assignment, conveyance, delegation, deputation, succession

devolution

1 the transmission ofan interest in property from one person to another by operation of law.
2 in constitutional law, the giving of a degree of power, functional, sectional or geographic, to an inferior body. A recent legal model appeared in the Scotland Act 1998.

DEVOLUTION, eccl. law. The transfer, by forfeiture, of a right and power which a person has to another, on account of some act or negligence of the person who is vested with such right or power: for example, when a person has the right of preseptation, and he does not present within the time prescribed, the right devolves on his next immediate superior. Ayl. Par. 331.

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The Treasury takes all the taxes raised in Wales and Scotland - and hands back a portion for devolved governments to fund public services.
The third part, with four essays, looks at wider aspects: devolution in Ireland, South Africa and India, conservative opposition to devolution between the wars, devolved government in London and the Labour Party's views on constitutional change between 1900 and 1945.
Each devolved government in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, rightly and proudly, flies its own national flag on its public buildings since it has total allegiance to its own country and inhabitants - that's what it is there for.
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Chief Sinn Fein negotiator Martin McGuinness said the party was working on agreeing a deal on policing in time for restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland next March.
Prime Minister Tony Blair will come under increased pressure to exclude Sinn Fein from any future devolved government when he meets Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley next week.
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Sinn Fein and the DUP were yesterday studying proposals put forward to restore devolved Government.
In his New Year message, Mr Murphy reflected on the progress made in recent political talks but was disappointed that devolved government had not returned to Stormont.
Wales has now attained a level of devolved government that is irreversible.