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A few more months to get Wales Bill right, Crabb says

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he will make "significant changes" to his plans for further devolution after MPs called for a re-think.

It follows claims that the draft Wales Bill was confusing, and would leave Welsh ministers with fewer powers, not more as promised.

The bill will be delayed until summer to allow time for changes, Mr Crabb said.

These will include a shorter list of powers to be kept back at Westminster, and scrapping the "necessity test" which would have delayed the passing of Welsh laws.

First Minister Carwyn Jones called it an "avoidable delay to clear up an avoidable mess".

But the Welsh secretary claimed he had been right to publish his plans and allow time for them to be debated.

  • 29 Feb 2016
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