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2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Rights of Asylum Seekers (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: I would hope that you'd be ashamed of the points that you started off with, which you know are not only untrue but are grossly—[Interruption.]—grossly misleading and misrepresentative. Can I say that, in that knowledge, how disappointing it is and unethical it is to actually make those comments in that particular way? Can I just say? The Act, the Rwanda Act, is fundamentally incompatible...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Rights of Asylum Seekers (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Migration policy is not devolved, but Welsh Government does have responsibility for supporting migrant integration in Wales. So, we will continue to play a full, proportionate part in supporting asylum seekers, and we will aim to ensure they have access to relevant services and information to fully contribute to Welsh community life.

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Electoral Register (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Yes, it's difficult when you are heckled by your own side, isn't it? There was no evidence for this. As Mark Drakeford mentioned, the purpose it was introduced—. Let's be clear—because the cat was out of the bag from Rees-Mogg, wasn't it—it was about voter suppression. It was about trying to make it more difficult for people to vote. Clearly, that happened when one of your former Prime...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Electoral Register (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Well, you make a partly valid case in the sense that the Electoral Commission did a lot of work to tell people, but there are still many people who actually weren't aware. Where you have to go back to is, of course: what was the motivation for introducing this? Was this motivation because of some great concern over electoral fraud or over the robustness of the electoral system? There was...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Electoral Register (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you for that question and those comments. I think there is an amount of very transformative legislation that has been going through the Senedd, which started at the beginning of the session, and that is that not only are we reforming the Senedd and we're removing I think the undemocratic first-past-the-post system, the big challenge we have is to start talking seriously about...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Electoral Register (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you very much for the question.

2. Questions to the Counsel General: The Electoral Register (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: It is estimated that up to 400,000 eligible Welsh citizens may not be properly registered to vote in local government and Senedd elections, and I've raised my concerns with the Electoral Commission. This is one of the reasons that we will be introducing the automatic registration of electors through the Elections and Elected Bodies (Wales) Bill, which has gone through Stage 2 and is now...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you for the well-intended question. I'm not sure where your confusion arises or where the purported ambiguity arises. As I say, the purpose of this Bill is to work towards a more effective Senedd, achieve some better gender balance. The Bill sets out rules in respect of proportion and placement of women on party lists, as the under-represented majority in this Senedd, as you obviously...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: The Bill does not use the term 'man'. The quota rules deal with the proportion and placement of women on lists of candidates to be Members of the Senedd. The Bill is not about defining a woman, or defining a man.

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Deposit-return Scheme (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Again, thank you for your question. The issue of legal action—I’ll take that last point first—of course, is one where we took legal action and, of course, we had the single-use plastics legislation that went forward and, of course, the UK Government chose not to challenge that. I think it upheld, de facto, our position in respect of the supremacy of our constitutional statutes over the...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Deposit-return Scheme (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you for your question. The Welsh Government remains of the view that the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 is offensive to Wales as it seeks to severely undermine the powers of the democratically elected Senedd. The issues with the deposit-return scheme are yet another example of the problems with this piece of legislation.

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Engaging the Public in Elections (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: You make an extremely important point. The fact that you have an election that’s been established for police and crime commissioners who have a particular function to carry out, and unlike any other election, where candidates have the right to a certain amount of literature, police and crime commissioners have none. It seems to me a fundamental reason for councillors and Senedd Members and...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Engaging the Public in Elections (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Well, thank you for this ongoing issue. Of course, there has been a lot of comment on the recent council elections, particularly in England. Of course, the police and crime commissioner elections in Wales had very low turnout, because they were the sole elections, where actually the candidates have no support in terms of putting out publicity and material and information to electors. So, any...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Engaging the Public in Elections (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you for your question. Not unexpectedly, turnout at the recent police and crime commissioner elections in Wales was low. Of the numerous reasons for this, poor public engagement around these elections is obvious. To strengthen public engagement in elections more broadly, I'm taking forward legislation to improve access to information and break down the barriers to participation.

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: I certainly agree with that latter point, which is why I actually think that, in the area in terms of issues of recall, in the issues of standards, and the issue in terms deception, having a properly considered piece of legislation and scrutinised piece of legislation, and legislation that has properly engaged people and relevant parties and stakeholders as well, is actually the most...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Well, thank you for those comments. Of course, when the amendment came in, there was barely a couple of days' notice to actually give consideration to that. So, it is a concern to have significant legislation that comes in that has not already had that detailed work done on it or that earlier scrutiny, and that is one of my concerns about making an amendment such as this on the back of a...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Well, thank you for that. On the amendment, as you will know from the contributions I made during that Stage 2 session, I have very serious concerns about that, in connection with whether it will be in competence, together with the issue of the rule of law, the clarity of the legislation, the capacity for it to be implemented, the creation of potentially a criminal offence where there has...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: I agree with those latter points that you've made on this, and I think the intention is that the issue of school exclusions is a matter that will come into the tribunals in due course. Whether it comes in right at the first instance is another matter. As you know, there is already a mechanism in respect of school exclusions. But, of course, what we do recognise, and I certainly recognise it...

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: The independence of tribunals is something that has come up on a number of occasions, not only in the consultation but also in discussions with the new president of tribunals, Sir Gary Hickinbottom, who I am meeting later this week. There is absolutely no question about the importance of the independence of the system. As they have come to us, there is a need to formalise that independence....

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (21 May 2024)

Mick Antoniw: Thank you. Again, that's a very important question, because, following on from the Law Commission recommendations, legislation is in preparation in respect of those recommendations, with a view to a tribunal Bill, to implement the work the Law Commission has done, but also to bring up to date to the twenty-first century in a proper judicial way all those tribunals that have come to Wales in...


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