Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has expressed serious concern about the Government’s legislative plans for the year that were announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier today.
The Government has announced its intention to scrap the Human Rights Act, continue with the introduction of a Snoopers Charter, and a number of other policies which are strongly opposed by the Liberal Democrats.
However, Mark welcomed the announcement that the Wales Bill will be coming back before Parliament, which seeks to devolve further powers to Wales.
Mark said “I am deeply concerned by many of the announcements in the Queen’s Speech today, and especially the Government’s attempt to scrap the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act protects every one of us, young or old, wealthy or poor, and the Government cannot be allowed to undermine our rights simply to make their job easier.
"The Human Rights Act is a liberal success story, helping to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society, such as those with disabilities and older people. There is simply no justification for replacing it with a watered down ‘Bill of Rights’, and my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will be strongly opposing any attempt to do so. We already have a British Bill of Rights, and it is called the Human Rights Act."
Speaking on the announcement of the Wales Bill, Mark said:
"I welcome the news that the Wales Bill will be coming back before Parliament. This Bill is a real opportunity for Wales to finally settle the constitutional wrangling that we have suffered from since the Welsh Assembly was established, and ensure that decisions that affect Wales are made in Wales.
"While there were serious concerns about the workability of the Bill when it was put before us previously, I very much hope the Government will have taken on the cross-party concerns and brings a Bill forward which ensures a clear and coherent political settlement for the people of Wales."