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.