The government established the Commission on Devolution in Wales (the ‘Silk Commission’) in October 2011 with the support of the Welsh Government and all the parties in the National Assembly for Wales.
The commission’s remit is divided into two parts. I can inform the House that the commission has today published a report on Part I of its remit. The report, Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial Powers to Strengthen Wales, makes recommendations on the devolution of fiscal powers to the National Assembly for Wales.
I welcome publication of the report and have placed copies in the Library of the House. The government will carefully consider the commission’s recommendations and respond in due course.
The commission will now turn its attention to Part II of its remit, in which it will review the powers of the National Assembly for Wales. I wish to inform the House of changes to the membership of the commission for Part II. I am making 2 new appointments to the commission to replace commissioners who are standing down: Helen Molyneux, Chief Executive of New Law Solicitors, Cardiff, is joining the commission as an independent member in place of Dyfrig John CBE, following a recommendation by the commission, and Jane Davidson is the Welsh Labour Party’s nominee in place of Sue Essex.
I have also appointed Trevor Glyn Jones CVO as an additional independent member to ensure representation on the commission from North Wales for its Part II work. Mr Jones recently retired as Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, and all four party leaders in the Assembly have agreed his appointment.