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Welsh Assembly

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what progress he has made in regard to building accommodation for the proposed Welsh National Assembly.

Consultations are proceeding with a view to identifying and preparing suitable accommodation for the Assembly in Cardiff.

Is the Minister aware of the statement by the Leader of the House the week before last that there may be a White Paper on devolution in the autumn? Is he aware that this has led to worry in Wales about further delays in the setting up of the Welsh National Assembly? Does he not feel that if the Assembly is to be set up in line with the Government's original proposals the building aspects of it should already have been sorted out?

I do not think they need to have been sorted out, but they are being urgently considered and we are looking at the various possibilities. On these practical matters we shall be well up to timetable.