Thursday, 22 October 2009

Wales being left behind...again!!

David Cameron has promised Martin McGuiness and Peter Robinson, that he will honour Gordon Brown's pledge to provide the Stormont Government with £1 billion to pay for the transfer of power over policing and criminal justice from Westminster to Stormont. Part of the billion pounds will also pay for legacy issues arising out of the troubles.

So here we have it, Scotland has devolved authority over Policing, Northern Ireland will soon have the power but what about Wales? Devolvement of Policing and Criminal Justice to Northern Ireland can't have been easy with their recent past history, and in comparison it should be a relatively simple task to devolve the same powers to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Plaid Cymru MP's have been calling for criminal justice to be devolved for some time so why isn't it happening? Whenever the National Assembly want powers in any other areas they go for an LCO, so why not an LCO on Policing and Criminal Justice? Is it because there is no will by AM's for this to happen?


Alwyn ap Huw said...

so why not an LCO on Policing and Criminal Justice? Is it because there is no will by AM's for this to happen?
If all 60 AMs and all 40 MPs wanted to devolve Policing and Criminal Justice to Wales, they couldn't do so through the LCO process.

LCOs only cover areas of competence granted to the Assembly by the Government of Wales Acts 1998 and 2006, neither of which include Policing and Criminal Justice.

Plaid Whitegate said...

And that's the fundamental problem with devolution in Wales. Scotland was granted devolution in all areas except those reserved for Westminster. Wales was granted devolution in just 20 specified areas.
The proposed referendum will not give us Scottish powers- just tidy up the unsatisfactory situation we currently have.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

The more I understand about this GOW Act 2006, the more I think Hain is useless and he's let Wales down badly.

Anonymous said...

You argue about Wales being left behind but is it not the case that the current devolution arrangement in particular the Labour Plaid government which is trying leaving Wrexham behind?

No monies from the Strategic Capital Investment Fund for North East Wales. What is Plaid's group on the council doing about this?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Now where did the money come from for Rhosymedre and Llay Schools, how much was it; approx £7 million. But saying that it was disappointing not to share part of the £118 million SCIF tranche this time around and yes we will ask questions about the distribution formula, as will the Labour Group on Wrecsam Council I would hope!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Before too many people start to believe Aled Roberts, it should be pointed out that Wrecsam will share in the latest SCIF round. All councils will get a share of the £20m allocated for affordable housing.
Of course, that doesn't fit the neat little picture of hard done by North Wales that is promoted by certain people who (a) don't like devolution and (b) don't live the One Wales Government.

Anonymous said...

The one thing you can't get away from is that £50 million goes to just 2 South Wales Authorities. But there again what were the bids that Wrexham put in for and whether you get the money depends on the quality of those bids

Anonymous said...

Dont you just love how Plaid like to dictate priorities for Wales when they have just 3 MPs in Wales and will fall behind the tories in the next General Election.

Conservatives have a great chance of winning more than 10 seats in Wales. Plaid will be lucky to get 5..

Anonymous said...

I think that anon 09;51 is correct regarding the number of seats in the next election. This is Wales. But I can guarantee you....that there will be considerably less Tories come the following election. ;-)