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Wales to Be Given More Law-Making Powers

Magazine article Public Finance

Wales to Be Given More Law-Making Powers

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Plans to give the Welsh Assembly more power to make laws in areas such as education and health were unveiled last week by the I government.

Under the proposals, the Assembly would be able to draft legislation and send it to Westminster for fast-track approval. But a referendum would be needed before the Assembly was given full law-making powers.

Welsh secretary Peter Hain said the new system would need to have 'bedded down' before any referendum could go ahead.

The document, Better governance for Wales, issued on June 16, is to form the basis of a new Government of Wales Bill. The changes are due to take place following the next Assembly elections in 2007.

The white paper proposes streamlining the legislative process, formally separating the Assembly government from backbench AMs, and banning losing candidates from second-chance election as regional 'list' AMs. …

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