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Silk Seeks Trio of Powers for Cardiff

Magazine article Public Finance

Silk Seeks Trio of Powers for Cardiff

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The Welsh Assembly in Cardiff should take on powers over policing, justice and transport, according to the Commission on Devolution in Wales.

Following its 2012 report on greater financial powers for Wales, the commission published its second report on the powers of the Assembly on March 3. It made a total of 61 recommendations, proposing that changes be phased in over a 10-year period.

The commission called for a shift from the 'conferred powers' model of devolution to a 'reserved' model, which sets out powers that are not devolved, rather than those that are. This would clarify responsibilities and facilitate more confident governance, it said.

Commisson chair Paul Silk said: 'At a time when constitutional issues are high on the agenda in the United Kingdom, we have agreed recommendations that will provide a stable and well-founded devolution settlement fit for the future.

'It will give Wales a lasting settlement that allows political decisions to be made in a democratic and accountable manner.'

He suggested that the recommendations would bring Wales more in line with other devolved countries in the UK.

Among the commission's specific suggestions were the devolution of policing and justice. …

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