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Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill announced

16 January 2014

The Welsh Affairs Committee begins its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill with two evidence sessions with a range of expert witnesses.

First evidence session

On Tuesday 14 January 2014, Committee room 8, the Committee will take evidence from constitutional experts and academics.

At 9.30 am

  • Gerald Holtham, and
  • Professor Jim Gallagher

At 10.30 am

  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director, and
  • Professor Roger Scully, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University.

Second evidence session

On Thursday 16 January, Committee room 8, the Committee will take evidence from business representatives, experts on land taxes, and electoral reform bodies.

At 1.30 pm

  • Institute of Directors Wales—Huw Roberts, Chair;
  • Federation of Small Businesses—Iestyn Davis, Head of External Affairs;
  • Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, University of the West of England;

At 2.20 pm

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales—Neil Brierley, Chair

At 2.50 pm

  • Electoral Reform Society Wales—Stephen Brooks, Director;
  • Association of Electoral Administrators—John Turner, Chief Executive.

Future evidence sessions

Monday 20 January 2014 in Cardiff (morning)

Witnesses: Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister for Wales, and Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance, Welsh Government; Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales; Jocelyn Davies AM, Chair, National Assembly for Wales Finance Committee

Thursday 30 January 2014 in the House of Commons (afternoon)

Witnesses: Rt Hon David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

The Government published the draft Wales Bill on 18 December 2013. The purpose of the Bill is to devolve taxation and borrowing powers to the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales, following the UK Government’s acceptance of the majority of the Silk Commission’s recommendations. The Bill will also change some of the electoral arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales.

Further information

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