FIRST minister Carwyn Jones visited Newport yesterday, Monday, to face a grilling by a cross-party committee of AMs.
Mr Jones appeared before a meeting of the Welsh Assembly’s Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee hosted at the University of South Wales’s city campus as part of this week’s #SeneddNewport scheme.
The project, run in partnership with the Argus, involves some of the Welsh Government’s regular activities being held in Newport rather than Cardiff Bay in an effort to give the people of the city a close look at how decisions affecting their lives are made.
A group of the university’s students studying law and other subjects took the opportunity of the meeting to get a first-hand look at how the government operates.
Committee members questioned the first minister on issues including the impact of Brexit on Wales and the relationship between the UK and Welsh Governments.
On the Welsh Government’s relationship with Whitehall, Mr Jones said some Westminster departments understood fully how devolution worked, while others “found it more difficult”.
He said the development of the Wales Bill, the latest stage in the devolution process, which passed into law in January, has been a frustrating process.
“It’s not the kind of comprehensive settlement it should have been,” he said.
“It’s an example of Wales not being treated the same as Scotland.”
And, on the threat of Scotland leaving the UK, Mr Jones said the possibility had was not currently part of the Welsh Government’s future planning.
“We have to plan for the future on the basis the UK will keep its current borders and boundaries,” he said.
Other events being held as part of #SeneddNewport include workshops at a number of the city’s schools, youth groups and other organisations.
The University of South Wales will also host a meeting of the Assembly’s Finance Committee at 10am on Thursday, March 23, where Wales’ auditor general Huw Vaughan Thomas will speak about the implementation of the Wales Act.