Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of The Bishop of Leeds The Bishop of Leeds Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Yorkshire councils’ "coalition of the willing” to secure a single devolution deal for Yorkshire.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Government has no intention to undo the legislation on the Sheffield City Region deal that has already been enacted in Parliament, including legislation for a mayoral election in May 2018. In response to 17 leaders of the “coalition of the willing”, the Government has made it clear that we would welcome any widely supported proposal for a Yorkshire devolution deal involving a single mayoral combined authority and on an appropriate geography that did not include the Sheffield City Region.

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