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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:15 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 9:15 pm, 7th November 2016

My Lords, I have huge sympathy with what the noble Lord, Lord Elis-Thomas, just said. Why have the Government not presented this legislation to Parliament in consolidated form? That would have greatly facilitated scrutiny and, more importantly still, as the noble Lord suggested, it would be for the benefit of the people of Wales and all our fellow citizens who are interested in and care about the development of our constitution, by enabling them much more readily to understand the Government’s constitutional proposals. I cannot see why we must wade through these thickets of legislative obscurity to try to get the measure improved and an adequate and comprehensible piece of legislation presented to the world.