Keeping peace in Northern Ireland for decades was responsible for a large slice of the defence budget so the Northern Ireland Assembly, when established, received many primary powers
and the best Barnett settlement of all.
We want a significant chunk of primary powers
in the form planning and transportation, maybe even an element of education accountability, transferred to Sutton Cold-field from Birmingham."
"We are also taking forward the commitment to work towards a successful referendum on primary powers
for the Assembly.
"I speak as somebody who would support primary powers
being devolved eventually, but it's true to say the
He insists that he makes his comments as someone who has long campaigned for devolution and who wants to see Cardiff Bay eventually attain primary powers
- but not in this Assembly term.
SIR - As a former housing benefit claimant, I must say how disgusted I am George Osborne has not introduced a mansion tax, and call on Carwyn Jones to use Wales' primary powers
over council tax to do so.
David Cameron last week said he "wouldn't stand in the way" of a public vote on primary powers
if the Tories win the next General Election.
If we had primary powers
you would see the Welsh Conservative Party flourish.
Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said: "Clearly, a yes vote will transfer primary powers
to the Assembly over those areas already devolved, and that will mean a changed relationship with Westminster, including the impact of legislation made in Cardiff on this House and this legislature.
The Institute of Welsh Affairs report concludes if the Assembly were to gain primary powers
in a referendum, it would be able to drive its own legislative agenda.
The truth is that the current convoluted arrangements are costly andinefficient and that primary powers
would simplify law-making, saving time and resources, andthus money, in the process.
But Mr Dafis, a leading member of pro-devolution group Tomorrow's Wales, said: "It's important this party makes it totally clear that moving to Section iv (law-making powers) isn't any sort of commitment to further constitutional aim." Mr Dafis said opponents saw primary powers
for the Assembly as a slide towards splitting the UK.