18 July 2007
Press Notice No 10
LEGISLATIVE COMPETENCE ORDERS IN COUNCIL
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. The first few proposed Orders have been laid before the Assembly and published, and further proposed Orders will follow.
Part of the process envisaged by the Act involves the Welsh Affairs Committee at Westminster in scrutinising the proposed Orders before they become law. Later this week I will be meeting the Chairs of the Assembly Committees also appointed for this purpose, to discuss how we might proceed.
The Welsh Affairs Committee looks forward to playing its part in this new procedure and welcomes the opportunity it provides for working together with the Assembly Committees, both in Westminster and in Cardiff, in examining the proposed Orders.
DR HYWEL FRANCIS MP
CHAIR, WELSH AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE
Membership of the Committee:
Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Albert Owen MP, Hywel Williams MP, Mark Williams MP