Former Wales Office Minister Baroness Jenny Randerson will today call for the UK Government to be bold and enshrine fair funding into the Wales Bill.
Speaking in a debate on devolution she is hosting in the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson will call on the Conservative UK Government to be bolder in its plans for the Wales Bill and will urge the Government to move much faster towards its implementation.
She will also call for the UK Government to:
- devolve policing;
- be open to the idea of establishing a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales;
- devolve youth justice;
- increase the available energy powers currently on offer, and;
- clarify whether it will be only be publishing a Draft Bill in this parliamentary session.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Baroness Randerson said:
"No ifs, no buts, Wales must have fair funding. We need clarity on this issue and the best way to tackle it head on is by entrenching it in the Wales Bill. People in Wales have waited long enough for this issue to be sorted out.
"Wales needs this Bill as soon as possible. People will be voting in the Welsh elections next year and they should be told the extent of powers the Assembly will have. Likewise, the political parties need this clarity for when they write their manifestos.
"It is far from clear what the UK Government’s intentions are. Just last week it indicated that it would publish only a draft Wales Bill in the Autumn. That simply is not acceptable, especially after the Chancellor indicated we would see a Wales Bill within a hundred days.
"Devolution under the Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government moved faster than it had in over decade. I’m concerned that with the Tories on their own, this momentum could be lost. The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to bring decision making closer to the people."