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Carmarthenshire Partnership Annual Forum, Llanelli - Executive Committee Event - 11 September 2008

Welsh Assembly Government

Carmarthenshire Partnership Annual Forum, Llanelli - Executive Committee Event - 11 September 2008

The Convention is keen to get out and about, spreading the message about the need for a debate in Wales on devolution and lawmaking powers for the Assembly – and on 11 September Sally Hyman, a member of the Convention’s executive committee, took the message to the Carmarthenshire Partnership’s Annual Forum.

Date of Event: 11/09/2008

Carmarthenshire PartnershipWe were grateful to the Carmarthenshire Partnership for the opportunity to present at their meeting. The audience represented a wide range of interested and organisations in Carmarthenshire, and we were interested in their take on devolution, whether they feel that they understand the way the settlement works at present, and what their thoughts are on the issue of lawmaking powers for the Assembly.

Sally was introduced by Meryl Gravell, a fellow member of the Convention’s executive committee, who, as leader of Carmarthenshire County Council and chair of the Carmarthenshire partnership, was also chair for the day.

Sally’s aim was to raise awareness of the All Wales Convention and its work, give an explanation of the Assembly’s current lawmaking powers, and explain the options that are on the table for Wales under the Government of Wales Act 2006: either to stick with the current position where the Assembly acquires lawmaking powers gradually, or to move to a position where the Assembly acquires lawmaking powers in all the devolved policy areas, all in one go.

On a show of hands, it looked as if there was an increase in understanding of the devolution settlement after Sally’s explanation – and the feedback we have received from the event will hopefully help us to develop material that will explain the settlement even more clearly in future.

As part of the presentation, delegates were asked to answer some questions to gauge understanding and views on devolution. This was by no means scientific research – we will be looking to undertake standardised social research to fully evaluate understanding and views in this area, but at this stage we thought it would be interesting to get just an indication of the understanding and views of the delegates in Llanelli. We also took away with us a number of comments and views that we will consider and respond to.

We hope the delegates at the forum took something away with them from the presentation, and if any of them have any further comments or questions they would like to out to us then of course they can contact us by e-mail or letter with their thoughts.