Opposition leader sets out his thoughts on some of the problems thrown up by the debate over changing the way Wales is run
Labour AM Mick Antoniw sets out the case for radical change in the way Wales is run to end the 'dysfunctional' present system.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards claims the major dividing line in politics is now between nationalism and unionism
Caerphilly MP Wayne David has become PPS to Ed Miliband in the Labour leader's reshuffle of his parliamentary team. His appointment to a politically crucial job in the run-up to the next UK General Election is being seen as a promotion from his previous rôle as a member of the Shadow Justice team.
Westminster North MP Karen Buck has also been appointed as PPS to the Labour leader.
There's no change for Pontypridd MP Owen Smith following Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. He remains the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and the only Welsh MP in the top tier of Labour's parliamentary team.
Labour's due to set out changes to other spokespeople shortly.
So far neither the UK Government cabinet reshuffle nor Labour's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle have seen any changes, good or bad, for Welsh politicians. But the former leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, Lord German, took to Twitter to point out the credentials of one newly-appointed Lib Dem minister.
Another Welsh boy does good! Stephen Williams appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at DCLG . Congratulations #reshuffle”
Stephen Williams was born in Abercynon and went to Mountain Ash comprehensive school before studying at Bristol University. He's been the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West since 2005.
As the UK Government cabinet reshuffle continues, here are the Welsh MPs and peers who currently have government rôles:
- David Jones (Conservative) - Welsh Secretary
- Stephen Crabb (Conservative) - Wales Office minister and whip
- Baroness Randerson (Lib Dem) - Wales Office minister
- Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) - Assistant Whip
Labour leader Ed Miliband is also expected to reshuffle his Shadow Cabinet team. Here are the Welsh MPs and peers in his front-bench team:
- Owen Smith - Shadow Welsh Secretary
- Nia Griffith - Wales
- Ian Lucas - Foreign and Commonwealth
- Wayne David - Justice
- Christ Bryant - Home Office
- David Hanson - Home Office
- Kevin Brennan - Education
- Huw Irranca-Davies - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Mark Tami - Whip
- Susan Elan-Jones - whip
- Baroness Gale - whip (Lords)
- Lord Bryan Davies - Wales, Transport, Treasury (Lords)
The news that Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has been sacked in the UK cabinet reshuffle inevitably led to speculation that change could affect the Wales Office too. But several sources say that Moore is the only cabinet figure to be affected which suggests that David Jones' position is safe.
Any further changes are expected to be amongst middle-ranking ministers. Ed Miliband is expected to reshuffle his Shadow Cabinet team too. Those changes could also come today.
Paul Watters is Head of Roads Policy for the AA. He believes rural areas of Wales would welcome an extension of the existing fuel rebate scheme, but warns that it must be 'considered and explored properly, with the areas defined fairly'.
He added: "We've done it in Scotland, so therefore there's no reason why we can't do it in Wales, if the communities agree."
Here he explains to ITV News the importance of paying a fair price at the pumps, and how this might be achieved.
- The current rebate scheme allows fuel retailers within the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly to register with HM Revenue & Customs to claim back 5p per litre relief on unleaded petrol and diesel for retail sale within eligible areas.
- Fuel retailers within the areas concerned can register with HMRC to claim 5p per litre relief on fuel purchased on or after 1 January 2012 for onward retail sale in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly.
- Retailers can make claims on a monthly basis and have 60 days following registration to reduce the cost of every litre of road fuel sold by the equivalent amount of the relief claimed. This is so that all consumers in the areas concerned benefit from the reduction in fuel duty.
The UK Government is proposing to extend the scheme to Anglesey, Gwynedd, Powys and Monmouthshire.
Motorists in remote areas of Wales could pay less for petrol and diesel under UK Government proposals to extend a fuel rebate scheme.
Petrol stations and other fuel retailers in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Powys and Monmouthshire will be asked how much they charged for petrol and diesel in the last quarter of 2012.
Ministers will then seek permission from the European Commission to extend the discount scheme to those areas - but only if the cost is similar to the islands within the current scheme.
Currently islanders off the coast of Scotland and in the Isles of Scilly get a 5p discount on petrol and diesel because the costs of transporting fuel there means prices are much higher.
The First Minister says the Welsh Government's working relationship with the UK Government is 'professional, business-like, constructive, numerous, complex and sometimes frustrating.' Carwyn Jones' comments follow further evidence given to the Silk Committee which is looking into further devolution.
The evidence sets out the view from Cardiff on how the two governments work together. It says there are 'many good examples of effective joint working' but complains about UK Government communications.
– Welsh Government evidence to the Silk Commission
UK Government communications can be a major issue and there are occasions when the UK Government makes announcements that relate primarily to England, but have significant implications for Wales, without prior consultation.
There's also concern about delays caused to Welsh Government legislation as a result of 'the complexities around the boundaries of the devolution settlement' and a charge that the implications for Wales of changes at a UK level aren't always factored in.
– Welsh Government evidence to the Silk Commission
The implications for the devolved administrations of some very significant UK Government reforms are not always factored in to UK Government planning at a sufficiently strategic level and some changes are imposing very significant unfunded costs on the Welsh Government, to the detriment of devolved services.