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Betsan Powys | 18:44 UK time, Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Remember this? Or even this?

Last time I looked the MPs sitting on the Welsh Select Committee seemed pretty clear that joint scrutiny with AMs of the new powers - LCOs - that will one day spawn Welsh laws was good; parallel scrutiny was bad.

So what are AMs to make of this message from the clerk of the Vulnerable Children LCO Committee?

"Dear all

The Welsh Affairs Committee met this morning to consider its procedure for scrutinising the revised proposed Order relating to vulnerable children.

Members will be aware that WAC originally intended to scrutinise the Deputy Minister, Gwenda Thomas AM, at their meeting on 8th May, and that it was hoped this could be a joint evidence session with the Vulnerable Children LCO committee.

Please note that WAC have postponed the meeting of 8th May, and are in the process of arranging the evidence session for a subsequent week. They have also suggested that it would be more appropriate for members of the Vulnerable Children LCO committee to attend this session in an observational capacity, rather than holding a formal joint meeting.

I will inform Members of the re-arranged date for the evidence session, and if any Members are available and would like to observe, we will make arrangements for them to do so."

Watch and learn ... or perhaps a case of watch with the mother of parliaments?

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