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Statement from the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales

28 February 2014

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, has issued the following statement in response to the pre-legislative report from the UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee on the draft Wales Bill.

Dame Rosemary said: “I welcome the recommendation by the Welsh Affairs Committee that the National Assembly should have control over its budgetary processes, something I called for in my submission of evidence.

“I believe this will allow the Assembly to change its budgetary procedures, so that they don’t just focus on how the Welsh Government spends public money, but also enables us to scrutinise its decisions in raising such funds.

“I also welcome the recommendation that the Wales Office works with the Assembly to identify areas where the Wales Bill could appropriately include mutually agreed amendments to the Government of Wales Act.

“This could be an opportunity for serious discussions about some of the anomalies contained in the Act which should better reflect the Assembly’s position as a mature parliamentary body.  For example, it would now be more appropriate for the Assembly to be referred to as a Parliament, in recognition of its law making powers.

“Finally, I believe it is only right that a mature parliamentary body should be able to set its own term lengths and I welcome the Committee’s view in this area.

“I look forward to hearing the Secretary of State for Wales’s response to this report.”

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