Independence for England
Dear Ministry of Justice,
I have just read the Government's response to the independence for England petition. The response tells us that the Government does "not believe that there is a groundswell of support for an English Parliament", and that the Government will "increase regional accountability including through the introduction of Regional Ministers".
In 1973 the Kilbrandon Commission concluded that “there is no public demand for English regional assemblies with legislative powers, whether under a federal system or otherwise”. And in 2004 the people of the North East overwhelmingly - by 78% to 22% - dismissed the Government's plans for regional assemblies in England.
The Government says that there is no demand for an English parliament, despite numerous polls to the contrary. Where is the polling evidence to show that the public supports the introduction of regional ministers? I would be extremely grateful if you could provide me with this evidence so that I can contrast it with the level of support for an English parliament.
Thanking you in advance,
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The "Ministry of Justice" in reply to my recent email:
Thank you for your email of 14 August to the Ministry of Justice regarding the polling evidence concerning the introduction of regional ministers. I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Governme