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There was a ripple of applause from AMs in the Senedd chamber this afternoon when Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler welcomed the Supreme Court judgement. She told members that she would now take the next steps required to enable the disputed Local Government byelaws bill to become law.
I've been talking to First Minister Carwyn Jones to get his response to today's Supreme Court judgement. He told me it vindicates the Welsh Government's position although he admitted it has been a 'useful' clarification of the law. Watch his answers below:
Labour's Shadow Welsh Secretary has criticised the Secretary of State for taking the dispute over the Welsh Government's first bill to the Supreme Court. Owen Smith said
Welsh Secretary David Jones says the Supreme Court has 'removed uncertainty about the Assembly's' powers. He said:
A Welsh Government source tells me that this morning's judgement by the Supreme Court is proof not just that the disputed Local Government byelaws bill is lawful but also that the Welsh Government 'knows what it's doing.' The source added that 'the stabilisers are off the bike' for Welsh lawmaking.
The Assembly's Presiding Officer has welcomed today's ruling by the Supreme Court as a 'victory for the National Assembly for Wales.' Rosemary Butler said it was a vote of confidence in the Assembly's ability to make laws.
Judges sitting in the UK's Supreme Court have this morning unanimously ruled that the first Welsh bill is within the Welsh Government's range of powers. There had been a dispute about whether or not the Local Government byelaws bill was lawful or not.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Welsh Government's first law was within the Welsh Assembly's legislative competence, and can go ahead.
The Local Government Byelaws Bill was passed by the assembly in July this year. But it was blocked from becoming law by the attorney general and referred to the court.
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The UK Supreme Court has decided that the Welsh Government's disputed first bill is within its powers