Understanding devolution in Wales
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Understanding devolution in Wales

3.2 Arguments for more MSs

This argument was rejected by Professor Laura McAllister, who chaired an expert panel on Senedd reform. Writing in the Western Mail, she said:

Despite actively seeking it out, our expert panel heard no compelling argument, backed up with real, hard evidence or suggestions for further innovations in working, as to why 60 members is sufficient to properly deliver for the people of Wales - and nor have I since.

(McAllister, 2020)

Those who back more MSs claim that rearranging the timetable would not solve the problem of scrutiny. They often cite the wider issue of MS workload and suggest that asking MSs to sit on several subject committees, participate in plenary and support constituents is unrealistic.

Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour are broadly in favour of more MSs as is campaign group, the Electoral Reform Society which is often cited on this issue.

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