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The Welsh Conservative leader says it will be difficult to reach consensus on proposals for further devolution set out in a major report this week. Andrew RT Davies said he feared crime would go up if the Welsh Government were given control of policing.
The Opposition leader said he would 'really struggle to advocate' some of the changes recommended in the second part of the Silk Commission's report although he wasn't saying 'no' to all of its proposals.
And he repeated his commitment to the first part of the report which recommended transferring some tax and borrowing powers. That, he said, was 'the missing piece of the devolution jigsaw.'
Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood says she's 'surprised and disappointed' that a major report into devolution didn't go further in its recommendations. She said the Silk Commission, which included a Plaid Cymru representative, had 'done a good job' in gathering evidence and expert opinion.
But she said the report missed opportunities to push devolution on towards a 'sustainable' future and described its proposals 'are not radical, all they do is bring us up to where we should be today, catching up to the same position as the other UK countries.'
Despite her party's disappointment with the report's recommendations, she said they represented a step forward and should become reality as soon as possible.
A major report has been published suggesting Wales should be given further powers in a number of areas.
The Silk Commission says some should be transferred right away, whilst others should be devolved over the next ten years, as Owain Phillips reports.
True Wales, the group that campaigned for a "no" vote in the 2011 referendum that gave fuller law making powers to the Assembly, says it's "appalled" by the Silk Commission's recommendations.
Welsh Secretary David Jones gives his initial response to today's publication of a second report by the Silk Commission. It recommends a series of changes including the transfer of responsibility over policing to the Welsh Government.
Proposed new powers to set Welsh national default speed limits in Wales have the potential to make Welsh roads safer and increase levels of walking and cycling, according to Sustrans Cymru.
The proposals were set out in the second report into the future of Welsh devolution, which sets out all the powers it thinks should be transferred from Westminster to Cardiff Bay over the next 10 years.
Some of those powers include control of youth justice and teachers' pay.
The Welsh Government does not currently have the power to set default speed limits.
National Director of Sustrans Cymru, Jane Lorimer, said, “The power to set speed limits is a key part of the jigsaw in making Welsh roads safer, as well as increasing walking and cycling.
"We welcome the Silk Commission’s recommendation and hope that it can be used to make 20mph the default speed limit in communities across Wales."
The Welsh Conservatives have limited themselves to thanking Paul Silk and his commission for its work, without commenting on any of the recommendations.
There have been arguments over the detail of the commission's earlier proposals on tax between Welsh Secretary David Jones and the Tories' Assembly leader, Andrew RT Davies. Those disagreements have only just been smoothed over after the Prime Minister met his party's AMs and MPs.
Today, Mr Davies simply called on all political parties to study the recommendations in detail "with the aim of achieving cross party consensus on the way forward".
The Welsh Liberal Democrats has called for the implementation of the Silk Commission's recommendations for devolving more power to Wales. They say the Commission's report is a blueprint that should be followed.
The UK Government says it'll now consider the recommendations of the Silk Commission. Welsh Secretary David Jones says any major changes which need new legislation will have to wait until after the next UK General Election.