COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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United Kingdom/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.1 Organisational structure (organigram)

No up to date organisational diagrams are available incorporating all four countries of the UK.

The UK Parliament and Government have policy responsibility for all cultural issues in England and for some issues such as broadcasting across the whole of the United Kingdom. However, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, most cultural issues are now the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament and Executive, the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government, and the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive respectively ("the devolved administrations"). The Northern Ireland Assembly was established as part of the Belfast Agreement and is the prime source of authority for all devolved responsibilities and has full legislative and executive authority. The Scotland Act 1998, the Government of Wales Act 1998 and the Orders in Council made under it, and The Northern Ireland Act 1998 specify which issues remain the responsibility of the UK Government in each of those parts of the UK. It should be noted that while the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly are able to make primary legislation in respect of those issues which have been devolved, the National Assembly for Wales is only able to make secondary legislation; responsibility for primary legislation for Wales remains with the UK Parliament and Government.


Chapter published: 15-04-2011

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