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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

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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Every Whitehall department in London has nominated a Minister to be responsible for ensuring devolution issues are taken into account when the Government decides policy.
Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy says people want politicians to tackle the economic crisis rather than focus on devolution issues
It would also enable devolution issues to be considered in the round, rather than treating them as three separate bilateral relationships, it says.
Among its responsibilities, it is the court of final appeal for determining devolution issues under the statutes of 1998.
An expert commission appointed by Number 10 should focus on devolution issues by looking into the future of the Barnett formula in the next parliament - a commission has already been proposed by the WAG - and the number of AMs increased from 60 to 80, Professor Hazell said.
Before that, he spent 13 years working on local government and devolution issues for the Welsh Office and subsequently the National Assembly in Cardiff.