First Minister Carwyn Jones
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First minister reacts to call for more AMs in Welsh assembly

First Minister Carwyn Jones says the time is not right to discuss increasing the number of politicians in the Welsh assembly although "there is an argument for examining the situation in the future".

He was reacting to new recommendations from the Silk Commission in a landmark report on devolution in Wales which suggests the Senedd should be increased in size with more powers devolved to Cardiff Bay.

In an interview on BBC Radio Wales, Mr Jones said that with 60 assembly members the assembly was smaller than some Welsh councils.

"Our back bench assembly members are pulled all over the place at the moment in terms of their workload, no question about that, but they manage," he said.

"At this moment in time it would be difficult to expect the public to back more assembly members if there wasn't a reduction elsewhere," he said.

He was speaking with Oliver Hides.

  • 04 Mar 2014
  • From the section Wales
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