Welsh Liberal Democrats Announce Legislative Priorities

2011 Ebrill 25 11:13 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, Kirsty Williams has unveiled the Welsh Liberal Democrats' legislative priorities for the 4th Assembly term.

Following the successful referendum, Wales now has direct law-making powers for the first time. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have identified five key areas in which they would need to legislate in order to implement priority manifesto committments.

These include:

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"This will be the first National Assembly with direct law making powers. Welsh Liberal Democrats were proud to play our part in the referendum campaign that ensured for the first time in over 600 years that laws that effect only Wales will now be made only in Wales.

"Now we have those powers, politicians must explain to voters how those powers will be used to improve life for people up and down Wales.

"We should not legislate for the sake of it but neither should we be afraid of using the new powers that we have where this is necessary.

"For the first time, Wales now has the powers to re-regulate the buses to improve bus services.

"For the first time, we can now legislate to improve the training and quality of teaching and to create a health spending watch dog to root out waste in our NHS.

"For the first time, we can transfer powers back to local communities.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats will use these powers to ensure that Wales can do better."

Notes to editors

1. Welsh Liberal Democrats Legislative Priorities for the 4th Assembly

Local Economies Bill

The Local Economies Bill would help drive a Welsh the economic recovery and create local jobs and developing local economies. The Bill would:

Teaching Standards Bill

The Teaching Standards Bill would put in place new streamlined structures for the training and development of teachers, driving up standards and challenging our teachers so we deliver for our children. This Bill would:

Health Spending Bill

The Health Spending Bill would:

Public Transport Bill

The Public Transport Bill would:

Community Bill of Rights and Localism Bill

The Community Bill of Rights would:

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