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Dr. Andrew Blick of King's College London, Director of History & Policy, has been an adviser to the Inquiry into Better Devolution for the UK since last autumn.

Chaired by the former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake, the Inquiry has now published its report:

http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/6917361/Historical+background.pdf/4730da4e-9e32-4059-a11d-078534b72ca8

The report calls for a 'higher ambition for devolution from all levels of government' and makes a number of specific proposals for enhancing devolution, particularly within England.

Dr. Blick provided the Inquiry with briefing materials setting out the current debate around devolution and the UK constitution. He also produced a research paper on the historical development of territorial governance in the UK since its inception as a state in the eighteenth century.

The Inquiry has published Dr. Blick's historical paper, which is available here:

http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/6917361/Historical+background.pdf/4730da4e-9e32-4059-a11d-078534b72ca8

Dr. Blick said: "I was delighted to be able to assist the Inquiry. It investigated a subject of the highest contemporary salience, and it is important that Panel members were able to take into account the historical background to the issues involved."

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