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devolve (up)on (someone or something)

To become someone else's responsibility, as of a task or job. If Joe is out sick on Monday, I know that sorting the mail will devolve on me.
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devolve (up)on someone or something

[for something, such as a task] to be passed on to someone or a group. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This job, I am afraid, devolves upon you and you alone. The task of repairing the damage devolved on Diane.
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Asian Tribune asked 'Will Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa devolves powers to the Tamils of Sri Lanka?
If you're going to devolve the energy consenting process then devolve it and let Welsh Government deliver.
There is concern that the funding Mr Osborne is willing to devolve might be far less than the sum proposed by Lord Heseltine, who has identified up to PS70bn in central government and EU funding which he believes could be spent by local bodies across the country.
But the Core Cities Cabinet is considering asking the Chancellor to devolve cash to major cities first, before rolling the scheme out to every local authority, so that they can prove that local authorities are capable of managing the cash effectively.
The Government has announced a number of changes to the Wales Bill, including its intention to devolve responsibility for pay and conditions of teachers in Wales to the National Assembly and Welsh Government.
Well bring forward amendments later in the Bills Lords stages to devolve another priority - the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and I hope to be able to announce further changes in the coming weeks.
Mr Newport warned Labour and Plaid Cymru's plans to devolve policing powers to the Welsh Government could be 'detrimental' to rural parts of the region, saying the force had 'nothing in common' with forces in South Wales and feared for strong cross-border links with Merseyside and Cheshire Constabulary.
Mr Cairns said the UK Government would later bring forward turn to page 6 from page 1 amendments in the Bill's Lords stages to devolve another priority - the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The decision to devolve responsibility for teachers' pay was welcomed by Welsh teachers' union Ucac, which has around 5,000 members in Wales.
SECRETARY of State for Wales Alun Cairns has come under fire for voting against plans to devolve Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Wales.
AN expert study of proposals to devolve policing to the Welsh Government called for more work to be carried out with officers and probation workers.
The Federation says it would be possible to devolve police powers in Wales without devolving other parts of the criminal justice system.
He Lewis said: "I feel that APD being abolished across the UK would have significant benefit for the whole of the UK economy, "So why not start now and devolve APD to Wales and focus this upon long-haul destinations which doesn't damage the business of our immediate neighbours?
LABOUR came under fire from Plaid Cymru yesterday for not backing their bid to devolve Air Passenger Duty to the National Assembly.