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UK Government publishes its evidence to the Silk Commission

The UK Government has yesterday (6 March 2013) published its evidence to the Commission on Devolution in Wales – the ‘Silk’ Commission – on Part II of its remit. The Government submitted its evidence to the Commission last week. 

The evidence provides a detailed analysis of the workings of the current Welsh devolution settlement and has been collated from contributions provided by all UK Government departments. 

The Silk Commission will report on its findings in early 2014. 

Secretary of State for Wales David Jones said: 

“The next stage of the Silk Commission has the potential to make an important contribution to ensuring a firm foundation for the longer-term governance of Wales within the United Kingdom. 

“The UK Government’s evidence provides the Silk Commission with a thorough and objective analysis of the Welsh devolution settlement which, I hope, the Commission will find useful as it undertakes its work. I look forward to the Commission’s findings early next year.”  

NOTES TO EDITORS: 

  1. The UK Government has published its evidence in English and Welsh. The evidence can be found here http://www.walesoffice.gov.uk/files/2013/03/Silk-II-UK-Government-Evidence.pdf
  2. The UK Government submitted its evidence to the Silk Commission on 1 March.
  3. Silk Commission was established by the UK Government in October 2011.  
  4. Its remit is to review the financial and constitutional arrangements in Wales. The Commission’s terms of reference can be found here – http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/files/2011/11/Commission-ToR-Final.pdf
  5. The Commission’s second report is due by spring 2014.

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