'More AMs needed' says Newport's Assembly presiding officer
THE number of Assembly members should be increased from 60 to 80, according to the AM for Newport West.
Rosemary Butler, in her capacity as Assembly presiding officer, made the call in her submission to the Silk Commission where she said the Assembly should be called a parliament.
She said the Assembly should expand given the weight of responsibility resting with the instituion and the scale of workload facing members.
She also claimed that the legislative boundaries of the Assembly's powers are unclear and uncertain.
"There should be a fundamental recognition that the Assembly, not the UK Parliament, is best placed to determine certain matters for itself and should not be subject to unnecessary restriction," she wrote.
Given the institution's increasing maturity as a law making body Mrs Butler said it should be described as a parliament rather than an Assembly.