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Responding to the plans put forward in the Queen's Speech to transform the way in which offenders are rehabilitated, Sarah Payne, Wales Probation's Chief Executive, said:
Welsh Secretary David Jones confirms that the Draft Wales Bill announced in the Queen's Speech could be extended to include the transfer of tax powers recommended in the Silk Commission.
You can see a longer version of this interview in Sharp End, Thursday 1035pm on ITV Cymru Wales.
The Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith claims there are few ideas -and fewer good ones- in the Queen's Speech. However, he did welcome the proposed increased rights for carers and support for people suffering from asbestos-related cancer.
These are the fifteen words occupying about eight seconds of the Queen's Speech that pave the way for changes in the way the Assembly's elected and could see tax powers transferred to Wales in the longer-term.
The draft Wales bill will usher in the changes which would introduce five year fixed Assembly terms, stop AMs also sitting as MPs at the same time and scrap a rule preventing candidates standing in both regional list and constituency parts of Assembly elections.
But there are indications from the UK Government that it could pave the way for much wider changes. The suggestion is that as a draft bill, it could be extended to include transfer of the 'minor taxes' recommended by the Silk Commission.
Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd says the programme of laws set out in the Queen's speech is a missed opportunity to devolve further power to Wales.
Aside from the Draft Wales Bill announced in the Queen's Speech, Welsh Secretary David Jones says the programme of laws laid out in the speech 'will do a lot to help businesses in Wales.'
The First Minister Carwyn Jones says he's been given assurances that the Wales bill announced in the Queen's speech could be expanded to include the devolution of 'minor taxes' such as Air Passenger Duty and Stamp Duty which would allow the Welsh Government to borrow money for large-scale projects.
But he's given a cool response to planned changes to the way the Assembly is elected which is the initial purpose of the Draft Bill. A spokesperson said:
Responding to the changes to the Assembly's electoral system announced in the Queen's speech, the Welsh Secretary David Jones says
There'll be changes in the way the Assembly's elected under legislation announced in the Queen's speech. A draft Wales bill will usher in the changes which would introduce five year fixed Assembly terms.
The Wales bill would also ban 'double jobbing' meaning Assembly Members can't also simultaneously be MPs and vice versa. It would also scrap a rule introduced by the previous Labour government preventing candidates standing in both regional list and constituency parts of Assembly elections.
The Electoral Reform Society, which campaigns for electoral change, says the Queen's speech should include a bill which transfers power over elections to the Welsh Government. The Society's Director in Wales, Steve Brooks, says: