National Assembly for Wales

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National Assembly for Wales

a devolved council or parliament created by the Government of Wales Act 1998. It is chaired by a Presiding Officer, the equivalent of the Speaker of the House of Commons, who is responsible for the working of the Assembly and relations with the public. The equivalent of council leader is the First Secretary and the equivalent of council convenor or cabinet minister is Assembly Secretary. It has limited powers, mostly those transferred from the Welsh Office. It cannot act beyond its powers or its legislation may be struck down. It has no tax-raising powers.
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On May 7, the Llywydd of the National Assembly of Wales Elin Jones and First Minister Mark Drakeford will formally address the Assembly in the presence of members elected to the Assembly since 1999.
It is incorrect of her to describe the National Assembly of Wales as ``bureaucratic'', because Members of the Assembly are elected democratically and open to criticism but bureaucrats are civil servants who are appointed and whose advice to the Government is confidential.
SIR - Before people cast their all important vote on whether to give the National Assembly of Wales any greater powers, the public should click on the following internet web site http://www.senedd.tv/and use the "search" button to judge the standards of particular debates in the Cardiff-based Senedd.
The National Assembly of Wales has proved to be fairly hopeless, so what hope for a North West Assembly with even fewer powers?
This need for a close working relationship has become even more pressing now that the charity is playing a significant role in increasing the awareness of older people about the National Assembly of Wales' major strategy for health maintenance in this age group."
A NEW not-for-profit company is being set up to give business groups and trade unions the chance to have a bigger input into decision-making in the National Assembly of Wales.
SIR - I have written to the First Minister Rhodri Morgan and the leaders of the three parties in the National Assembly of Wales demanding full disclosure on Assembly Members' expenses.

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