Secretary of State for Wales chairs devolution talks

9 Dec 2014 01:30 PM

Welsh Secretary discusses devolution settlement for Wales with Welsh Assembly leaders

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb MP recently (8 December 2014) chaired a meeting with Welsh Assembly leaders on how to create a clear, robust and lasting devolution settlement for Wales.

Mr Crabb discussed a range of issues with Assembly leaders including the case for a reserved powers model for Wales and the recommendations in the second Silk Report with First Minister Carwyn Jones (Labour), Andrew R T Davies (Conservative), Kirsty Williams (Liberal Democrat) and Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru).

The recent meeting was the latest in a series of discussions that Mr Crabb has been leading with Welsh politicians to help secure cross-party consensus on the future of Welsh devolution.

Mr Crabb said:

I have set an ambitious deadline of St David’s Day next year to publish a blueprint for change to the way Wales is governed.

I want to end the debate around which powers should be devolved to Wales and which should remain at Westminster and focus on the issues that really matter to people – jobs, the economy and better public services.

That’s why I’m working to secure a cross-party consensus to identify the issues that we can agree on so we can reach a broad agreement on the best way forward for Welsh devolution.

The meeting was held at the Welsh Government’s offices in Cathays Park.

Last month, Mr Crabb set out his vision for devolution in Wales. Read Mr Crabb’s speech here