Wrexham Public Event – 23 April 2009
Date of Event: 23/04/2009
The event was a discussion group, involving an open debate where members were able to ask questions about the future options available for law-making powers in Wales, as well as stating their own opinions on the current law-making process.
Former ITV presenter, Arfon Haines-Davies chaired the event which was attended by nearly 30 people.
Mr Andrew Parry, Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University welcomed all attendees present on the evening.
There were mixed feelings in the audience as to whether the National Assembly for Wales should have more powers or not, with strong arguments on both sides.
Some people felt that the National Assembly was too ‘South Wales focussed’ with one person commenting:
The National Assembly gives the impression of being too concerned with its own central importance and issues serving South Wales.
Others disagreed and commented that the National Assembly has been widely beneficial to the people of Wales, with one attendee saying:
So far both the Welsh Assembly Government and the National Assembly for Wales are working well for Wales and the people really feel that there is a ‘grass roots’ understanding with AMs, whereas there isn’t with MPs.
This event was part of a series of 22 public meetings being held across Wales by the Convention, who aim to engage with the Welsh public.