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Ceredigion Public Event - 4 March 2009

Welsh Assembly Government

Ceredigion Public Event - 4 March 2009

The All Wales Convention visited the National Library of Wales in Aberystywth last week to host its second ‘Question Time’ event.

Date of Event: 04/03/2009

The audience listens to a presentation at the Ceredigion eventThe National Library’s Head Librarian, Andrew Green, welcomed over 70 attendees to the cosy surrounds of the ‘Drwm’ - the library’s main theatre.

Four panellists were involved in the debate which was chaired by local journalist and presenter, Catrin Beard.

Members of the panel included Cllr Keith Evans, Leader of Ceredigion County Council; Ben Hallett, President of Aberystwyth Student Union; and Tegwen Morris, National Organiser of Merchedd y Wawr.

Also on the panel was Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Chair of the Convention, who was able to provide an overview of the Convention’s aims, and the current law-making powers of the National Assembly for Wales.

During the event, attendees were invited to ask questions to panel members, and also given a chance to respond to the answers.  There was no shortage of questions from the audience, resulting in a lively debate.

Attendees were also given interactive voting pads to record their responses to key questions.  Results of group vote indicated that:

  • 98 per cent of those present said they would vote if there was a referendum on law-making powers.  
  • Over 80 per cent of those attending the event indicated that they were in favour of giving the National Assembly law making powers all at once, rather than keeping the current situation of the National Assembly gaining powers step by step with the agreement of the UK Parliament.

A team of staff and Members of the Convention’s Executive Committee mingled with guests over a cup of tea following the event.

This event was the seventh in a series of 22 public meetings to be held across Wales aiming to engage with the Welsh public.

The next ‘Question Time’ event will take place at The Grand Theatre, Swansea on 10th March.

If you would like to read a more detailed report of this event please click on the attachment under 'Document Download' at the foot of the page.

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