Thursday, 24 September 2015

Reserved powers

I would expect Peter Black to comment (and am surprised that he has not yet done so) on the report that academic legal experts are unhappy with the Welsh Office's proposals for devolution. It appears that they do not meet the need for a reserved powers model for Wales to match that in Scotland. This was in the Liberal Democrat manifesto and, I understand, all the other major parties' as well.

I would only add that we already need a searchable public database of Wales-only legislation, to match that provided by the National Archives for England. The day when the Welsh government has unfettered power to legislate in its defined arena of competence will surely come sooner rather than later and the Welsh government needs to be ready with a database for statutes.

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