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Sir Emyr visits Carmarthen Secondary Schools - Executive Committee Event - 5th March 2009

Welsh Assembly Government

Sir Emyr visits Carmarthen Secondary Schools - Executive Committee Event - 5th March 2009

School gates opened to welcome the Chair of the All Wales Convention.

Date of Event: 05/03/2009

Logos of schools visited by Sir EmyrSir Emyr Jones Parry visited two schools in Carmarthen on the 5th of March to discover what young people in Wales think about their law-making system.

Nearly 50 year 12 and 13 students from Ysgol Bro Myrddin and Queen Elizabeth High came to listen to the talk, many of whom were studying for A’Level’s in Politics and History.

Sir Emyr explained the work of the All Wales Convention, how the political and law-making system currently works in Wales, and the options for the further devolution of powers to Wales from Westminster. Sir Emyr also outlined his role as UK Ambassador to the UN, setting out why politics is important.

After listening to both sides of the debate the students were keen to have their say. Their questions included:

  • What would be the role of elected members from Wales in Westminster if the National Assembly for Wales has more law-making powers?
  • What the Assembly could do with further law-making powers.
  • Could Wales afford to be independent?
  • Would things change in Wales if further law-making powers are devolved?
  • If Wales was to become independent from the UK, what would happen to the UK Veto in the UN?
  • International Criminal Court indictment of President Bashir of Darfur
  • Sir Emyr’s personal career highlights
  • What is the purpose of transferring more powers to the National Assembly for Wales with so many powers now residing in Brussels and not Westminster.
  • What have been the benefits to Scotland of greater law-making powers?
  • What would be the impact on England of Wales moving closer toward independence?

The All Wales Convention would like to thanks the students and teachers from these schools for their valued contributions.

If you would like to share your views with us, visit the ‘Get Engaged’ section of the website or come along to speak to us at one of our events. For a full list of all our events, visit the ‘upcoming events’ page.

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In this section you will find written evidence that we have received and transcripts of the formal oral evidence gathering sessions.