A date has been set for a debate and vote in the Assembly on whether there should be a referendum on Part 4 of the Government of Wales Act 2006. It will be on 9 February. The Western Mail has a news story here.
In other news from Wales:
- Rhodri Morgan has just become a member of the National Assembly’s ‘Subordinate Legislation’ Committee, which itself is likely to announce a formal change of name shortly, I believe to ‘Constitutional Affairs Committee’.
- In evidence to the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee, Sir Jon Shortridge, former permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government, has complained of Whitehall reluctance to share information with the Assembly Government – something that’s not news in itself, but which is notable given the source. A report of his evidence (given with that of Rhodri Morgan, again from the Western Mail, is here.
UPDATE, 13 JANUARY: Today’s Western Mail reports further unease within Carwyn Jones’s administration about a referendum, and in the other parties at the delay in holding the vote. Martin Shipton’s story is here.
The Western Mail also has news of the special advisers appointed to support Carwyn’s government, here. One fascinating feature is the appointment of Lawrence Conway, formerly a a civil servant and longtime principal private secretary to the First Minister, as a special adviser looking at public service reform. Lawrence formally retired before Christmas, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year’s Honours list.