11 February 2009
Committee Media Officer: Rebecca Jones
tel: 020 7219 5693
Press Notice No 15
PRE-LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE COMPETENCE ORDER IN COUNCIL ON THE WELSH LANGUAGE
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 10 February, 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) (Welsh Language) Order 2009. The proposed Order, together with an explanatory memorandum by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published as a Command Paper by the Wales Office on 9 February (Cm 7544) and can be found on the internet at:
The Welsh Affairs Committee invites written submissions on the proposed Order, which should be received by
4 March 2009. If you wish to submit written evidence, please send it to the following address -
or by mail:
Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
Please head your submission “Proposed Welsh Language LCO”.
The Committee also expects to hear formal oral evidence in this inquiry, and will announce details of this as soon as the programme has been agreed.
The Committee would particularly welcome comments on the following aspects of the proposed Order -
1. Is the LCO request in the spirit and scope of the devolution settlement?
2. Is the use of the LCO mechanism in accordance with the Government of Wales Act 2006?
3. Is the use of an LCO more appropriate than, for example, the use of framework powers in a Westminster Bill?
4. The extent to which there is a demand for legislation on the matter(s) in question?
5. To what extent might the transfer of functions proposed have wider implications for the UK budget?
6. To what extent might the transfer of functions impact on reserved functions?
7. Are there any cross-border issues relating to the LCO? (Would legislation subsequently be required in England?)
8. Would the proposed LCO necessitate the formation or abolition of Welsh institutions and structures? If so, where does the legislative competence to exercise such changes lie?
Concurrent to the work of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, a detailed legal examination of the proposed Order will be conducted by the Constitution Committee, House of Lords.
Dr Hywel Francis MP
Chair, Welsh Affairs Select Committee
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