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Government: Legislative Programme for Wales

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 4 December 2008

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Wales has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Government's fourth Session legislative programme will contain 14 Bills. Almost every one will affect Wales in some way.

The programme builds on the Pre-Budget Report with a focus on helping equip people to meet the economic challenges they are facing, particularly in this current climate. The Government will take forward measures to ensure fairness in our society, with fair rules, a fair say and a fair chance for all.

There will be two Bills with framework provisions:

the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill Marine; and

the Coastal Access Bill.

Further information on these provisions will be made available after the Bills’ introductions.

A further six Bills, at least, will contain specific provisions for Wales, which will generally be provisions to confer the same powers on Welsh Ministers, in devolved areas of responsibility, as are being conferred on UK Ministers in those areas in relation to England. These are:

Business Rates Supplements;

Children, Skills and Learning;

Coroners and Justice;

Equality;

Policing and Crime; and

Welfare Reform.

Further Welsh provisions may be included as Bills continue to be developed.

The Government continue to remain committed to delivering devolution through provisions in Westminster Bills and by using the legislative competence order process.