5.4 Referendum on law making powers
Wales’ third referendum on devolution was described by Guardian Whitehall Editor, Michael White as ‘strikingly low-key’. With just 8 weeks to go until the next set of Assembly elections, the political parties were largely pre-occupied, and campaigning fell to Yes For Wales and True Wales (the no campaign). True Wales decided not to seek official status and funding so Yes For Wales was denied official status and the attached funding.
The arguments were familiar. Yes For Wales claimed primary legislative powers would make the Assembly more efficient and accountable to the people of Wales. True Wales argued that AMs were not up to the task and MPs should remain involved in the process.
Activity 4 Referendum (2011)
The referendum was held on 3 March 2011. Take a look at these campaign materials for both sides.
How would you vote? Make your decision, then reveal the discussion below to find out the results.
|Do you want the Assembly now to be able to make laws on all matters in the 20 subject areas it has powers for?|
Both the financial arrangements and the powers of the Assembly conferred under the 2006 Government of Wales Act were reviewed during the third Assembly and found wanting. There was a referendum on whether the Assembly should be given primary law-making powers which passed. There was still no reform of funding.