Committee welcomes delay for Wales Bill rethink
29 February 2016
The Welsh Affairs Committee welcomes Stephen Crabb's announcement that he will reconsider parts of the Wales Bill.
The committee published their report on the draft bill on Sunday, calling for a pause to reconsider which powers should be devolved to the Welsh Assembly. The Secretary of State for Wales has since announced that he will take extra time to make changes to the bill, including shortening the list of powers to be kept back by Westminster.
David TC Davies, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee said:
"I am pleased that the Secretary of State has listened to the recommendations in our report and taken the responsible step of delaying the Wales Bill to allow for changes to be made. He must use this additional time to reflect on the aspects of the draft bill that have caused controversy and come up with workable solutions. I am fully supportive of his desire to create a bill that provides a lasting devolution settlement for Wales and hope this delay will enable him to achieve that goal."