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Statement by the National Assembly’s Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler AM, in response to the Supreme Court Judgment on the Recovery of Medical Costs of Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill


The Supreme Court ruling further demonstrates the complexity of the devolution settlement in Wales.

As I have said previously in my submission to the Silk Commission, and in statements following the Scottish Referendum, we need greater clarity in order to make it easier for everyone to understand what is within the legislative competence of the National Assembly.

I look forward to hearing what the Secretary of State for Wales has to say on this matter when he makes his St David's Day announcement on the future constitutional settlement for Wales.

Standing Orders allow for the Assembly to reconsider a Bill if the Supreme Court finds that it is outside legislative competence.  I will now discuss this issue further with the Member in charge of the Bill to decide how best to proceed.


Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler AM

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