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Swansea students stimulate devolution debate

Welsh Assembly Government

Swansea students stimulate devolution debate

The devolution debate will be the topic for discussion at Swansea University on Friday February 20th. The debate will take place in the University’s Main Building from 12pm-2pm. The guest speaker is Sir Emyr Jones Parry, chair of the All Wales Convention.

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, and by the end of 2009, the All Wales Convention, made up of 16 Executive Committee members alongside Sir Emyr, will present their findings.

Sir Emyr said:

I’m very much looking forward to debating with students at Swansea University.  Young people are the future of our country and I think it’s vitally important to listen to their views and opinions.  If I know students, they’ll have plenty to say and I’ll be only too ready to take their comments on board. 

The topic of more law-making powers for the National Assembly for Wales is a complex one and I hope that people will take the opportunity to quiz me on its implications.  I’m more than happy to explain how laws are currently made and guide people through the maze of what the devolution debate is all about.

The debate at Swansea University is 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. 

While in Swansea, Sir Emyr will also address local councillors at a meeting in Council Chambers. He will also take the opportunity to speak to the Workers Education Association in Llanelli’s Selwyn Samuel Centre, at 7.30pm on February 19th, prior to hosting informal discussions with members of Llangennech Rugby Football Club from 9pm that evening.  He will return to Swansea for a further public meeting on March 10th.

Sir Emyr added:

Everybody has the opportunity and the right to have their say in this debate. I’d like to encourage people to tell me and my team 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.

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