Decision details

Short Debate

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes


Short debates differ from other debates as they allow any Member, other than a member of the government, to have a general debate on a topic of interest or constituency matter, without requiring the Assembly to vote at the end of the debate (as there is no associated motion).  Members are selected from a ballot held by the Presiding Officer and permitted to bring forward a topic of their choice.  The Member will open the debate and speak for their allocated time. The Minister or Assembly Commissioner responsible for the topic being discussed usually responds to the short debate.


The item started at 17:39.


NDM4993 Mick Antoniw (Pontypridd)


Child Asylum Seekers and their protection in Wales


The UK Government is holding back the Welsh Government’s abilities in relation to asylum seeking children in Wales. Child safeguarding is a devolved issue, but the extent to which the UK Government has interpreted its reserved competence of immigration, to treat any issue related to asylum seekers, asylum seeking children and refugees as reserved matter, including those areas which are devolved competencies of the National Assembly for Wales has, in many instance, run counter to the Welsh Government’s objectives for the citizens of Wales: on children’s rights, equality and working towards a fair and inclusive society.

Publication date: 23/05/2012

Date of decision: 23/05/2012

Decided at meeting: 23/05/2012 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly