Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:12 pm on 6th September 2010.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy 8:12 pm, 6th September 2010

On the reduction in the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 30, does the hon. Gentleman agree that, in the eyes of the Welsh public, an unintended consequence of that change will be an enhancement of the powers of the Welsh Assembly. We can debate the powers of the Welsh Assembly, but my view, which I suspect he shares, is that the people of Wales should make a decision about the powers of the Welsh Assembly. Does he agree that by reducing the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 30, and reducing the voice of Wales in the House, we are, in effect, increasing the powers of the Welsh Assembly by default?