First Minister Carwyn Jones has told ITV News the St David Awards are an important addition to the existing honours system.
Money's very tight at the moment; we've already got an honours system - why do we need the St David Awards as well? Because it's important that we have a system that complements the existing honours.
It's not an enormous cost - but it does mean we can say to people 'thanks for what you've done, thanks for the contribution you've made to Welsh life'.
More top news
Results for constituencies across Wales are being announced. Find out the details for your area.
Turnout figures at Welsh constituencies are being released as concerns grow that they could be as low as 2003.
As votes are being tallied across Wales this evening, here are what some of our reporters are saying at counts up and down the country.