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Question and Answer Session, National Eisteddfod, Cardiff - Public Event - 8 August 2008

Welsh Assembly Government

Question and Answer Session, National Eisteddfod, Cardiff - Public Event - 8 August 2008

We packed out the National Assembly for Wales stand for a question and answer session at the Eisteddfod in Cardiff. It was standing room only at the back!

Date of Event: 08/08/2008

National EisteddfodThe Convention’s Chair, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, together with two of the Executive Committee members, Nick Bennett and Aled Edwards, engaged with the audience at an animated event.

Following an initial address from the Chair, questions covered included: how wide would the debate be? How would the Welsh public be engaged? How big is the budget? And when will the Convention report?

The answers to some of these questions are straightforward – such as the size of the budget (£500,000 for each year) and when the Convention’s executive committee will report (by the end of 2009). Answers to other questions are more involved and we do not necessarily have all the answers yet – in fact, we will need the input of the Welsh public to help us answer some of those questions, such as how we can best go about communicating and consulting with the people of Wales. We also need to listen to your views on how wide the debate should go – the issues that we need to cover to make sure it is a lively and thorough debate.

During September, the executive committee will be following up on the Eisteddfod event by agreeing a draft forward work programme. Between now and Christmas, the committee will be looking for opportunities to raise awareness of the Convention’s work, and in particular to raise awareness of the Welsh devolution settlement and help improve people’s understanding of it. We will do our best to take on board your views as to how you would like to receive information about the Convention’s work – you can contact us at info.convention@wales.gsi.gov.uk to tell us what you think.

Through the process of raising awareness, we should start to understand more about people’s concerns and questions relating to the devolution settlement. We should then be able to use this knowledge to help us to stimulate a debate on the issue of the Assembly’s powers, and whether or not those powers should be increased. We anticipate that the debate will be in full swing between January and August next year, with a full programme of public meetings and evidence gathering sessions in that period.

Check the news pages of this website for updates on the Convention’s work, and check under “events” for details of forthcoming meetings and sessions – there should be details of the draft work programme there before the end of September.