A REFERENDUM on self-rule for Yorkshire has been postponed.
Government officials said that plans to ask the public about directly-elected assemblies in two English regions have been ruled out for at least six months.
Planned November polls on devolution in the Yorkshire and the Humber, and in the North West, were postponed earlier this year amid fears over the security and efficiency of all-postal voting.
Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford has now announced that a decision on what system to use instead would be put off at least until experts report on alternatives in March.
The latest delay comes after the Electoral Commission reversed its backing of all-postal voting following problems with large-scale pilots at June's European and council elections.
Giving MPs a promised update on the situation, Mr Raynsford insisted the Government was absolutely committed to the referendums going ahead and would aim to minimise the delay.
He said the commission had recommended that all-postal voting should still be used for a referendum in the North East which is still going ahead in November.