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NDM7118 Plaid Cymru debate - Assembly Reform

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Meeting: 10/07/2019 - Plenary (Item 8)

Plaid Cymru debate - Assembly Reform

NDM7118 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Calls for an increase in the number of Assembly Members.

2. Calls for immediate action in order to increase the number of Assembly Members in time for the start of the Sixth Assembly.

3. Calls for reform of the Assembly electoral system, and the introduction of the single transferable vote system for electing Members in time for the next Assembly elections in 2021.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Caroline Jones (South Wales West)

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To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the report of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.

2. Believes that there is no appetite amongst the voting public to increase the number of politicians in Wales at this time, and that efforts should focus instead on:

a) enacting the proposals of the 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies for election to the House of Commons;

b) speeding up local government electoral reform in Wales.

A Parliament that works for Wales - The report of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

Boundary Commission for Wales - 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies - Report on the 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in Wales

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendments 2 and 3 will be de-selected] 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

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To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the publication of A Parliament that Works for Wales and its recommendations.

2. Agrees that an increase in the number of Assembly Members is needed.

3. Calls for further cross-party work to take these matters forward.

A Parliament that works for Wales - The report of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

 

[If amendment 2 is agreed, amendment 3 will be de-selected] 

Amendment 3 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

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To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises that there are significant challenges in the capacity of Assembly Members to undertake satisfactory scrutiny of legislation and the Welsh Government.

2. Calls for further investigation into the impact of any increase in Assembly Members and whether there is public support for such a move.

3. Calls for any increase in the number of Assembly Members to be funded via overall savings to taxpayers arising as a result of a reduction in the overall number of elected representatives in Wales.

4. Calls for any additional Assembly Members to be elected on a no less proportional basis than is currently the case.

 

 

Minutes:

The item started at 17.41

Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM7118 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Calls for an increase in the number of Assembly Members.

2. Calls for immediate action in order to increase the number of Assembly Members in time for the start of the Sixth Assembly.

3. Calls for reform of the Assembly electoral system, and the introduction of the single transferable vote system for electing Members in time for the next Assembly elections in 2021.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

11

0

40

51

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Caroline Jones (South Wales West)

Delete all and replace with;

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the report of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.

2. Believes that there is no appetite amongst the voting public to increase the number of politicians in Wales at this time, and that efforts should focus instead on:

a) enacting the proposals of the 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies for election to the House of Commons;

b) speeding up local government electoral reform in Wales.

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

4

0

47

51

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the publication of A Parliament that Works for Wales and its recommendations.

2. Agrees that an increase in the number of Assembly Members is needed.

3. Calls for further cross-party work to take these matters forward.

A vote was taken on amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

27

0

24

51

Amendment 2 was agreed.

As amendment 2 was agreed, amendment 3 was de-selected

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM7118 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the publication of A Parliament that Works for Wales and its recommendations.

2. Agrees that an increase in the number of Assembly Members is needed.

3. Calls for further cross-party work to take these matters forward.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

15

50

The motion as amended was agreed.