Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has welcomed the newly published Wales Bill for its improvements over the draft Bill, but has stated that there is still much scope for progress.
Mark said “I welcome the Wales Bill, which is greatly improved on the draft Bill which was put before Parliament last year. As a party which has always called for decisions which affect those in Wales to be made in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats believe that further devolution to Wales is vitally important.
“Despite supporting the principal of the previous draft Bill, there were unfortunately serious issues which meant the Bill was simply not fit for purpose, and the Welsh Affairs Committee, on which I sit, called for a pause in the Bill to enable further work to make the Bill workable.
“I am glad to see that the Secretary of State for Wales, and his predecessor in the role, took this to heart and have come back with an improved Bill, which addresses many of the previous concerns. The reduction in the number of areas reserved to the UK Government, the removal of the necessity test as previously written and the collaborative work between both government’s on judicial arrangements are to be welcomed.
“There is no doubt, however, that there is a long way to go to ensure that this Bill is fully workable, and I hope that we can work across parties to improve it so that we can secure a lasting, workable, political settlement for the people of Wales.”