Devolution APPG

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK is an open group for discussion on the need for a UK-wide settlement. LGA provides the secretariat to the group.

The qualifying officers for the APPG are:

  • Lord Foulkes of Cumnock
  • Andrew Lewer MP
  • Lord Purvis of Tweed
  • Catherine West MP.

More details can be found on the Register of All-Party Groups.

The LGA provides the secretariat to the group.

Please email if you would like to attend.

You can follow the debate on Twitter using #DevoAPPG.

Forthcoming meetings:

Details to be announced

Past meetings:

  • 24 May 2016, with Lord Kerslake, APPG for the Union, APPG for London, Constitution Reform Group, Electoral Reform Society, Lords Constitution Committee
  • 16 June 2015 
  • 21 July 2015, with Lord Kerslake
  • 8 September 2015, with Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Professor Jim Gallagher, and Professor Robert Hazell
  • 3 November 2015 
  • 30 November 2015, with Lord Porter, Cllr Forbes, Cllr Pollard, Cllr Western, Cllr Kober, Sir Edward Lister, Ben Rogers and Professor Tony Travers
  • 7 December 2015 with Caroline Abrahams – Age UK, Matthew Fell – CBI, Lisa McElherron – NICVA, Martin McTague – FSB, and Professor Vernon Bogdanor
  • 18 January 2016, with Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Jon Trickett MP, and Professor Vernon Bogdanor
  • 21 March 2016
  • 24 May 2016, with Lord Kerslake, APPG for the Union, APPG for London, Constitution Reform Group, Electoral Reform Society, Lords Constitution Committee
  • 30 March 2017, with the Rt Hon Gordon Brown
  • 30 November 2017, with Cllr Kevin Bentley, LGA Brexit Task Group
  • 26 February 2018, with Professor Alan Page – University of Dundee, Professor Colin Harvey – Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Jo Hunt – Cardiff University

Minutes of APPG meetings are circulated to members and are available on request.      


The approach to devolution and constitutional reform has often been piecemeal and reactive, and has not addressed the UK as a whole. The purpose of the Inquiry into Better Devolution for the Whole UK has been to carefully consider how to bring long-lasting and coherent constitutional renewal to the UK.

The Inquiry was commissioned by the on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution APPG to look at how we could better achieve devolution across the whole of the United Kingdom. The LGA provided the secretariat to the Inquiry and Dr Andrew Blick, King's College London, acted as an adviser to the panel.

The Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution APPG issued a call for evidence as part of a far-reaching inquiry on devolution and constitutional reform chaired by Lord Kerslake. The inquiry sought evidence on devolved nations, local government, central powers in the UK and wider constitutional reform.

The report sets out the constitutional questions that need to be answered in the next Parliament. In addition to devolution to local government, this includes:

  • further devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • the powers retained by the UK government
  • the intra-UK relationships. 

Further information

For further information please contact:

020 7664 3060

Disclaimer: This is not an official webpage of the House of Commons of the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed are those of the group.