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Welsh Government give evidence at National Assembly 

07 June 2018

The Welsh Affairs Committee visits the National Assembly in Cardiff for two evidence sessions featuring Welsh Government representatives.

The Committee hears from Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services as part of its inquiry into prison provision in Wales. This is followed by a session with Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs as part of its inquiry examining Brexit: agriculture, trade and the repatriation of powers.

Prison provision in Wales

Criminal justice in Wales is currently the responsibility of the UK Government. Welsh adult offenders in receipt of custodial or community sentences are the responsibility of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, an executive agency that operates across England and Wales, under the Ministry of Justice. However, the Welsh Government has jurisdiction over policy areas such as health, education, housing and substance misuse. In this session, the Committee will consider the relationship between these devolved services and prison provision in Wales.

The Committee will also ask Mr Davies his views on the prospect of further devolution of powers relating to the justice system, which the Welsh Government is currently considering.

Brexit and agriculture

Under the current devolution settlement, agriculture is devolved to the Welsh Government, but the devolved administrations cannot pass legislation which is incompatible with EU law. For over 50 years the EU has—particularly through the Common Agricultural Policy—played a significant role in determining UK-wide agricultural policy.

In its Brexit and Devolution paper, the Welsh Government has stated that attempts to reverse the current devolution settlement would be "vigorously opposed by the Welsh Government." In this session, the Committee will consider the implications of Brexit for agricultural policy and the devolution settlement, and what a future agricultural policy for Wales might look like.

Witnesses

Thursday 7 June, Committee Room 5, Tŷ Hywel, National Assembly for Wales

From 11.30am – Prison provision in Wales

  • Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services, Welsh Government
  • Martin Swain, Deputy Director of Community Safety, Welsh Government

From 1.30pm – Brexit: Agriculture, Trade and the repatriation of powers

  • Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government
  • Tim Render, Director, Environment and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government

Chair's comments

Ahead of the session, Committee Chairman David T.C. Davies MP said: 

"Although separate policy areas, prison provision and agricultural policy share a common characteristic: their effective functioning depends on good relations and cooperation between the Cardiff and London administrations.

We are therefore looking forward to meeting with colleagues from the National Assembly in Cardiff to discuss this interaction between UK Government responsibilities and devolved areas of policy, as our inquiries examining these two issues continue."

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