The Commission on Devolution in Waleswas launched by the former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan on 11 October 2011.
The Work of the Commission
The independent Commission has been established to review the present financial and constitutional arrangements inWales. Its terms of reference divided its remit into two parts.
Part I: financial accountability
To review the case for the devolution of fiscal powers to the National Assembly for Wales and to recommend a package of powers that would improve the financial accountability of the Assembly, which are consistent with the United Kingdom’s fiscal objectives and are likely to have a wide degree of support.
The Commission published its report ‘Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial powers to Strengthen Wales’ on 19 November 2012.
Part II: powers of the National Assembly for Wales
To review the powers of the National Assembly for Wales in the light of experience and to recommend modifications to the present constitutional arrangements that would enable the United Kingdom Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales to better serve the people of Wales.
The Commission will not consider, in Part II, the structure of the National Assembly forWales, including issues relating to the election of Assembly Members.
The Commission has called for evidence in relation to Part II, asking for submissions by 1 March 2013.
The Commission will report its findings on Part II by the spring of 2014.