Neath Port Talbot Councillors discuss devolution
The Convention 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 on 2009.
The Neath Port Talbot meeting marks the first in a packed series of engagements in the area. Following this event, Sir Emyr will travel to Swansea for a similar session with city councillors, before addressing the Workers Education Association at Llanelli's Selwyn Samuel Centre at 7.30pm on February 19th. He will end the day with an informal discussion from 9pm at Llangennech RFC. On February 20th from 12pm-2pm, he will be hosting a debate at Swansea University's Students Union.
These meetings form part of the All Wales Convention's wider public consultation process. As well as hosting debates at other Welsh universities, including Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Bangor, the convention will hold public meetings, roadshows and evidence gathering events throughout Wales, visiting each Unitary Authority in turn.
Sir Emyr Jones Parry said:
Everybody has the opportunity and the right to have their say in this debate. I'd like to encourage people to tell me what they think. Everybody's view is valid, whether it's in favour of more powers for the Assembly or against. I want to hear both sides of the debate from all corners of Wales.