Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:15 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Elystan-Morgan Lord Elystan-Morgan Crossbench 10:15 pm, 7th November 2016

My Lords, on the question of dominion status, I was tempted to make the mischievous point that for many centuries Wales was a dominion in law. The actual wording of the Act of Union of 1536 refers to the,

“dominion, principality, and country of Wales”,

so that wording has been there for many centuries. However, that is a mischievous point, probably made much too late at night.

Some years ago, a good friend said to me, “You could be a very nice chap if you did not tilt at the English so often”. I am not sure what a nice chap was intended to mean in that context, or whether I would ever qualify within that definition. However, as far as the second part of his proposition was concerned, I have never tilted at the English. I have immense respect and, indeed, often, admiration for our neighbours. I conceive nationalism in the context of Wales as being a patriotism that knows not the hatred of any other nation. That is what Welsh nationhood and Welsh nationalism at their very best should be and are. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 45 withdrawn.

Amendment 46 not moved.

Schedule 1: New Schedule 7A to the Government of Wales Act 2006

Amendment 47 not moved.