PUBLICATION OF REPORT:
The Welsh Affairs Committee will publish its Third Report of Session 2008-09 on the Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Agriculture and Rural Development) Order 2008 (HC 5) on Monday 23 February 2009 at 11.00 hrs.
Memoranda submitted so far to the Committee on this Inquiry.
The Government of Wales Act 2006 introduced a process enabling the National Assembly for Wales further to enhance its law-making powers by a new procedure known as Legislative Competence Orders in Council (LCO).
At its meeting on 14 October the Welsh Affairs Committee decided formally to accept the Secretary of State’s invitation to the Committee to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Agriculture and Rural Development) Order 2008, dealing with the red meat industry. The proposed Order, together with an explanatory memorandum by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published as a Command Paper by the Wales Office on 6 October (Cm 7474) and can be found on the internet at:
ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS:
Joint meeting between Welsh Affairs Committee and National Assembly for Wales Committee
Monday 15 December 2008 (uncorrected) HC 5-i
Oral evidence from Elin Jones AM, Minister for Rural Affairs, Welsh Assembly Government; and Wayne David MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office
Joint meeting between Welsh Affairs Committee and National Assembly for Wales Committee - red meat industry LCO
The Welsh Affairs Committee and the National Assembly for Wales Committee on the Proposed Red Meat Industry LCO last week held an informal joint meeting by video-link to exchange information about their scrutiny of the red meat industry LCO.
Members of the Assembly committee outlined their conclusions about the proposed Order and both committees exchanged views and information. Cross-border matters were also discussed, and the two committees pledged to encourage closer working between MPs and AMs in the future.
The Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Dr Hywel Francis MP, said:
“Our meeting last week was a timely and useful discussion, and will certainly inform my committee’s scrutiny of the red meat industry LCO. I look forward to these meetings becoming a regular feature of our work programme.”
Mick Bates AM, Chair of the National Assembly’s committee, said:
“I was pleased this video-link session proved to be useful to our respective committees. I will encourage other Assembly legislative committees to utilise such innovative means of communication to discuss future LCOs with our colleagues in Westminster.”