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Convention comes to Caerphilly

Welsh Assembly Government

Convention comes to Caerphilly

The All Wales Convention roadshow trailer will be calling on shoppers at Caerphilly’s Castle Court Shopping Centre from 9am-5pm on Thursday, February 5th.

It will provide information on the work of the All Wales Convention and engage shoppers in the big public debate on the future direction of the National Assembly. The key questions for debate are whether the people of Wales wish to keep to the status quo or to seek changes to the current law-making powers.

The All Wales Convention, chaired by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, is a totally independent and impartial body. It was established to analyse the arguments for, and against, extra powers and in turn raise awareness, stimulate debate and encourage engagement amongst the people of Wales of the nationwide consultation which runs until August 2009. Following this consultation period, the All Wales Convention, made up of 16 Executive Committee members alongside Sir Emyr, will present their findings by the end of 2009.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry said:

There exists a unique opportunity between now and August for the people of Wales to ask if the current powers available to the National Assembly are enough or whether it is the right time for Wales to take the next step towards full law-making powers.

Everyone’s view is valid, and we want to hear about those views and why you hold them.  We as the All Wales Convention are not arguing for, or against, any particular standpoint with regard to the Assembly’s powers, or as to whether a referendum should be held.

However, there is a strict time limit on this debate – between now and August.  If people choose not to get involved in the debate once fully aware of its implications, then that is of course their privilege – I will be happy that they have been consulted and given the opportunity to get involved if they wish

We want to inform and engage as many people as possible to enable them to make informed decisions on whether they would like more powers or not for their Assembly in the future.

Our mission, therefore, is to meet, talk and reach out to every corner of Wales and inform people in a clear fashion of their chance to join in the debate, and to explain the options to them in a way which resonates with everyday life. Coming to Caerphilly’s Castle Court Shopping Centre is one way of doing that.

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We would like to thank everybody who took the time to contribute to the debate through our online forum.