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Union and devolution inquiry hears evidence in Cardiff

19 January 2016

The Constitution Committee holds a full day of public evidence sessions at the National Assembly for Wales, as a key part of its inquiry into devolution and the Union.

Session details

The evidence sessions start at 10:30am on Thursday 21 January with evidence from the Welsh Government. The sessions are open to members of the public and journalists to attend.

Full schedule

At 10.30am

  • Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
  • Dr Hugh Rawlings, Director, Constitutional Affairs and Inter-Governmental Relations

At 11.15am

  • Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservative Group
  • Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrats
  • Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru

At 1.30pm

  • Professor Richard Rawlings, University College London
  • Professor Robert Thomas, University of Manchester
  • Dr David S Moon, University of Bath

At 3.00pm

  • Jessica Blair, Policy Analyst, Institute of Welsh Affairs
  • Dr Victoria Winckler, Bevan Foundation

At 3.45pm

  • Ben Cottam, Head of External Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses in Wales
  • Steve Thomas CBE, Chief Executive, Welsh Local Government Association

Issues covered

The sessions cover a wide range of constitutional issues including:

  • whether a new agreement or statute is needed to define the relationship between the devolved nations and the UK Government
  • the extent to which Welsh politics is becoming separate from politics in the rest of the UK
  • how further devolution will affect the 'social union' in the UK
  • how differences in policy between the UK and the Welsh Government will have an impact on business, trade unions and civil society

Further information

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