Silk Commission's Second Report
The Welsh government supports "the thrust" of the Silk Commission's second report into Welsh devolution, First Minister Carwyn Jones said on 29 April 2014.
The First Minister said the Welsh government supports:
• A new government of Wales Act by 2017, with the introduction of a reserved powers model of devolution by 2021;
• Enhanced powers in areas such as water, transport, energy, elections and teachers' pay.
• New powers over policing and youth justice, with a staged approach to the full devolution of the wider criminal justice system;
• Improving inter-governmental relations.
The first minister said discussions on the devolution of rail powers were already underway, and would need to happen to a more rapid timetable than that for the implementation of the Silk report as a whole.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams, challenged other political parties to follow the Silk Commission's recommendations and include these proposals in their party manifestos for the 2015 Westminster and 2016 Assembly elections.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood reiterated calls for the full and swift implementation of the Silk recommendations.
She said that "Wales can no longer afford to be a spectator in our own affairs, we must seize the opportunity to secure greater self-government."