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Wales Bill - Third Reading (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I thank the Minister for presenting the amendments and for taking on board and dealing with these extra issues in the Bill, in particular that of the Open University. He has been generous in the way he has listened to us during the passage of the Bill. Yesterday, like the noble Lord, Lord Elis-Thomas, I participated in my capacity as an Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales in the...

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: Before the noble Lord sits down, may I be clear? There is going to be this transfer after the Bill, but what if we find some more things down the back of the sofa later on? Is there a facility for us to transfer later on the things that we may not have found in this initial sweep-up? It is a big place, the Civil Service.

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, my Amendment 109 provides for the transfer of all functions currently exercisable by Ministers of the Crown—UK Government Ministers—in relation to areas which are within the devolved legislative competence of the Welsh Government to be transferred to Welsh Government Ministers. Let me start by saying that, given the Government’s intention of producing a Bill that will provide...

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I do not wish to detain the House for too long. We have spent a lot of time on this group, so I will focus on just two issues. The first is the matter of ancillary provisions. I thank the Minister for stating on the record that the ability to enforce Welsh laws should be proportionate and not just be the minimum necessary. We need a suite of options to be able to deliver policy....

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, the point is that under the conferred powers model of governance at the moment, we already have this power. It is in the move to the reserved powers model that we are losing this power. That is why we are so outraged by this move.

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, there are a number of huge and very different amendments to be considered in this grouping, so I hope that the House will be tolerant as I address the many key issues that need to be discussed under the broad heading of reservations. Much of the debate on and scrutiny of the Bill have focused on whether particular subject areas should be devolved and form part of the legislative...

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I wish the Minister a happy new year. It is extremely good news that the Welsh Government were able to come to an agreement with the UK Government on the impact of partial income tax devolution to Wales and the other taxes due to be devolved as a result of the Wales Act 2014. We were all aware that there was no chance that this Bill could be passed if there were no agreement. As...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: Before the Minister sits down, I thank him for the suggestion that there will effectively be some kind of early warning system. But he suggested that it would allow the Assembly to act appropriately. What does he mean by that? What would the Assembly acting appropriately mean?

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: What tools are available for the Assembly to use in order to act appropriately? What tools does it have?

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, we have heard how Clause 60 allows for consequential provisions on Assembly Acts to be made by the UK Secretary of State. In other words, if there is a need for a tweak to be made to a new law introduced, or if there is a need to change a different government Bill as a result of the introduction of a new Bill, it could be done without going through the whole rigmarole of a full-on...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: I am very disappointed with the Minister’s response. I do not understand why we cannot have the same rights as Scotland for the public sector to be able to bid for the franchise. We are not asking to be given it; we are asking for the right to submit a proposal, which, as the noble Lord suggested, is allowed in the Smith commission agreement. It is a double standard to allow German, Dutch...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, this week, with the chaos caused on Southern rail, we have seen how poorly run railways can impact on people’s lives. I know this to be true because the shadow Chief Whip has told me to get a move on as he needs to catch a train—a Southern rail train, which is even more difficult. One of the key ambitions of the Welsh Government is to establish and develop a dynamic economy in...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: Before the Minister sits down, I should like to be clear on this point. The suggestion is that there will be no possibility for the Welsh Government to look at fixed-odds betting terminals that currently exist, despite there being this incredible social problem in Wales. If the UK Government will not allow the Welsh Government to deal with this, do they have any intention of bringing forward...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 57 and 58, which seek to amend government Amendment 56. These amendments have been bizarrely grouped with the amendments to which the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, has just spoken. These amendments are about fixed-odds betting terminals. We were really pleased when the Minister suggested in Committee that he would be minded to devolve the regulation of...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 14 to 22 in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, and to Amendments 23 to 26 in my name, on the devolution of ports to Wales. The difference between my amendments and the Government’s position is that I believe that all ports in Wales should be devolved. The Bill as currently drafted does not conform with the recommendation of the Silk...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I was reflecting on how passionate and moving some of the speeches about water were in Committee, and then I remembered that we are also dealing in these provisions with sewerage, and we do not really get quite as excited about that. I will speak to my Amendment 43, which would introduce a new clause to amend Section 27 of the Water Industry Act 1991. I acknowledge that there has...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, it was heartening to hear that the committee can go forward only through consensus—that was a welcome commitment. I am assuming that that means that the terms of reference would be agreed by consensus as well. Can the Minister confirm that that will be the case? He also did not address the issue of the membership of the group and whether that would be agreed by both the UK and...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I have tabled Amendment 2 relating to the establishment of a justice in Wales commission. I am very pleased to hear that there has been a degree of movement by the Government on this matter. We emphasised in Committee that we were largely dissatisfied, as I think are the Welsh Government, with attempts by the UK Government to address the fact that over time there will be this...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, we have heard some stunning contributions this evening on an incredibly important aspect of the Bill. We have heard a devastating critique of Clause 53, in particular by my noble friend Lord Rowlands. I thank him for giving so much attention to an extremely difficult aspect of the Bill for the Assembly to live with. I urge the Minister to think very seriously about this clause,...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I agree with the case eloquently put by the noble Lord, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, and others. A reduction in air passenger duty would help air passengers, support growth and jobs and cut costs for businesses. I urge the Minister to support this amendment.


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