Wales and Whitehall inquiry continues

19 January 2010

The Welsh Affairs Committee holds the second evidence session of its 'Wales and Whitehall' inquiry at 10.30 am



  • Dr Jim Gallagher, Director General of Devolution, Ministry of Justice


  • Andrew Davies AM, National Assembly for Wales

The Welsh Affairs Committee's recent inquiries have uncovered problems relating to the understanding and observation of the devolution settlement within Whitehall, and poor consultation with Welsh stakeholders.

The Welsh Affairs Committee has therefore decided to undertake an inquiry into co-operation and consultation between Wales and Whitehall, which will examine:

  • awareness of the devolution settlement within the civil service and of the protocols which are in place in relation to legislation and policy affecting Wales
  • the role of the Wales Office and the Ministry of Justice
  • the extent of communication between Whitehall, the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh MPs
  • the review of Whitehall guidance on devolution, announced by the Ministry of Justice in response to the Committee's report on the Legal Services Commission
  • taking forward the findings of the Justice Select Committee in its recent substantial report Devolution: A Decade On

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