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Labour's policy on Richard 'gives No 10 blank cheque'.

Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail

The wording of the Labour Party's policy proposal on the future of the National Assembly is so ambiguous that it gives a future Labour Government a blank cheque to do whatever it likes, former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies claimed yesterday.: Tories revive call to hand powers back:A controversial proposal to hand powers over education and health back to Westminster has been put forward by a Conservative constituency association.

First suggested by Carole Hyde, the party's chairman in Wales, at last year's party conference, the idea has now been revived by the Newport West association.

In response to a party consultation about the Richard recommendations, Newport West said:

The Assembly should be given no more powers;

Health and education should be returned to Westminster immediately because the Assembly is failing in those areas;

The Assembly should never be given tax-levying powers;

Any proposal for primary legislative powers should be put to a referendum, which should also include an option to scrap the Assembly.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 9, 2004
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