Thursday, 16 July 2009
Legislative Competence Delays
Letter from the Wales Office:
Thank you for your recent email addressed to the Secretary of State for Wales about the proposed Legislative Competence Order in relation to the Welsh Language. I have been asked to reply.
You expressed concern that the report of the Welsh Affairs Committee on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed Order had not yet been published and asked the Secretary of State to ensure its publication as soon as possible. It is important to note that although the Welsh Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake scrutiny of proposed Orders, this is in addition to its own programme of work. The Secretary of State is grateful to the Committee for its thorough approach to scrutiny and shall be carefully considering its recommendations alongside the recommendations of the National Assembly for Wales Committee. However, the date of publication of the report is entirely a matter for the Welsh Affairs Committee to determine.