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Letter: Enable Assembly to get on with the job.


SIR - As a member of Tomorrow's Wales, which campaigns for primary legislative powers for the National Assembly, and a person active in the Housing Association movement, I am doubly annoyed by the decision to give the Secretary of State a veto over the Government of Wales' power to suspend the Right to Buy.

This illustrates perfectly what is wrong with the current arrangements for Welsh legislation under Part 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

Not only are those arrangements inefficient in terms of time and resources, but they also enable the UK Government to block policy proposals aimed at solving practical problems in Wales.

This latest decision will make it more difficult to provide affordable housing in Wales at a time of urgent need. It will also, by introducing the Secretary of State's veto, make an already complex system even more convoluted and is a direct challenge to the democratic legitimacy of our National Assembly.

It's hard to think of a clearer and more compelling argument for moving as swiftly as possible to Part 4 of the 2006 Act which would grant the Assembly proper legislative powers.

Instead of this constant wrangling about what the Assembly should or should not be able to do, it's time to get on with the job of governing Wales properly.

CYNOG DAFIS Cymru Yfory/Tomorrow's Wales
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 19, 2009
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