Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams says he's disappointed with Labour MPs for failing to back his attempt to persuade a cross-party committee to criticise UK Government plans for income tax devolution.
He'd proposed an amendment to the Welsh Affairs committee's report on the draft Wales Bill which would have called for the controversial 'lockstep' form of income tax power to be abandoned. The Bill would give Welsh ministers power to vary the tax but only by changing all rates simultaneously.
The amendment failed, however, and the Arfon MP says it was a missed opportunity.
The chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, David TC Davies, says the way Wales is funded needs to be looked at before the next UK General Election. In its latest report, the committee calls for a review of the funding formula sooner rather than later.
Although it backs the UK Government's plan to devolve some control over income tax to the Welsh Government after a referendum, the Welsh Affairs Select Committee report doesn't say what form that control should take. That's because there's sharp disagreement between and within the political parties.
The draft Wales Bill would give the Welsh Government the power to vary income tax by up to 10p but only by altering all three rates at the same time. This is what's known as 'lockstep' and critics say it would be so unwieldy that in practice it would be unlikely ever to be used.
But the chair of the committee, David Davies, says it would still be a significant change to the financial powers and responsibility of the Welsh Government.
A cross-party group of Welsh MPs has backed UK Government plans to transfer some control over income tax to the Welsh Government. But the Welsh Affairs Select Committee says that should only happen if the people of Wales vote for the change in a referendum.
In its report on the draft Wales Bill the committee also says it has 'sympathy' with the view that the way UK funds are allocated to Wales should be changed before any transfer of income tax powers. It says the formula used should be reviewed before the next UK General Election in 2015.
Another of the Bill's aims is also criticised. The committee says that instead of imposing five-year terms on the Assembly, the power to decide that should be devolved to Cardiff Bay.
Appearing before members of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, Welsh Secretary David Jones dismissed as 'speculative' reports which hinted at an imminent response from the UK Government's to the Silk Commission. But he said agreement is close.
Welsh service personnel may risk and sometimes even lose their lives in service of their country. But a new report tonight warns that they are still not getting the support they need when they return to civilian life.
MPs on the Welsh Affairs Committee say more needs to be done for them in the key areas of housing and health.
Our correspondent Joanna Simpson has tonight's top story.
We welcome this report, but don’t think it goes far enough. Wales accounts for 5% of the UK population yet it provides 8% of UK military personnel.
It is unacceptable that a significant number of our veterans face homelessness. Waiting list for social housing in Wales are continuing to grow and we need to build more affordable homes in order to address this.
One of the barriers is availability of land and we are today calling on the Ministry of Defence to engage with the sector to draw up a memorandum of understanding, so that where suitable sites become available, we can develop social housing to help alleviate the problem.
One of the key recommendations from the report is the establishment of 'one-stop-shops' that would help provide veterans with information and support when they return to civilian life.
We should not be making it harder for people who have served their country in the ultimate way - putting their lives on the line - to access the services and support they need and deserve. For the same reasons, we must ensure that all services, no matter who is providing them, are provided efficiently and to the highest standard.
– David Davies MP, Chair of the Committee
The Welsh Government says it welcomes the report.
The Welsh Government is already making progress in delivering real improvements on the issues raised in the report. It is important that this continues and that those who have served their country do not suffer any disadvantage when they access public services.