Great moment as Randerson sees Assembly pass first Private Member's legislation in Welsh history.

July 8, 2009 5:22 PM

Great moment as Randerson sees Assembly pass first Private Member's legislation in Welsh history.

This afternoon, Welsh Lib Dem Assembly Member for Cardiff Central, Jenny Randerson AM will see her Private Members Measure on healthy school food reach the final stage in its long journey through the Assembly.

The Measure, the first ever from an individual Assembly Member, seeks to introduce better standards of school food and better education around nutrition and healthy eating.

Despite Government amendments to water down the Measure, Jenny has described having the opportunity to bring forward a new law as a historic honour.

Jenny said: "This is the end of a long and exciting process for me. I am deeply honoured to have been the first Assembly Member to bring forward legislation as a private member.

"Unfortunately, I think it is likely that we won't see much more backbench legislation in this Assembly. While I appreciate the time restraints and pressures, back bench legislation can play a great role in changing things that Governments can overlook or not have time to deal with.

"It has been two years since I won the ballot and the timescale raises further questions about the lengthy LCO process. Simply put, if I had needed an LCO before this Measure, I'd never have had time before the next election."

Commenting on the Measure itself, Jenny continued: "From the outset, I wanted to make this a holistic and considered approach to improving the health of our kids. While I'm disappointed that WAG brought forward some amendments against the advice of the Committee that scrutinised the Measure, I still think we have taken a big step forward today in promoting healthy eating in schools and I'm delighted and honoured to have led this."

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