Devolution in Wales
Claims and Responses, 1937-1979
Distributed for University of Wales Press
This book shows how devolution was an issue in Welsh politics during the period under review, how British governments responded to devolutionists’ demands, and how much was eventually conceded.
Early on, two important developments were the setting up in 1949 of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire and the appointment in 1951 of a minister for Welsh Affairs. Significantly the Council recommended in 1957 that a secretary of state be appointed and Labour acted on that proposal in 1964. The book examines the changing pattern of Labour thinking with regard to Wales and also the various nationalist challenges that threatened its dominance in the 1960s and 1970s. The referendum on the Labour government’s devolution proposals is seen as bringing to an end a period in which both Labour and Conservative governments had been forced into a consideration of Welsh matters, and had been made to think about the precise way in which Wales should be administered within the British system.
“...an attractively produced tome. All these seminal themes, and others, are competently analysed by the author. His research, undertaken mainly in the first half of the 1980s, was thorough, embracing archival sources, newspapers and journals, official and party publications and a wide range of secondary literature. The conclusions he reaches are judicious and penetrating. This volume must be welcomed as an authoritative, readable account, well accessible to the general reader, the student and the professional academic alike.” –J. Graham Jones, Planet
List of Abbreviations
I Claims for recognition in government, 1937-1945
II Labour intransigence and Tory concession, 1945-1951
III Paving the way for a secretary of state, 1951-1964
IV A secretary of state and the nationalist challenge, 1964-1974
V The unwanted tier of government, 1974-1979