Wales politics

AMs ask the public to choose assembly committee inquiry

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Image caption An investigation into funding music education and improving access to it is one of the options people can vote for

The public is being asked to choose the next major inquiry by an assembly committee, from a shortlist of 11.

The choices, from the culture, Welsh language and communications committee, include saving local heritage, history teaching and music education funding.

The committee sought ideas over the summer and is now asking for people to vote for the suggestions they prefer.

Chairwoman Bethan Jenkins said AMs wanted to know what people thought was most pressing.

Ms Jenkins said the assembly was created to move decision making closer to the people affected, and this was the "next step on that road".

"We have already had suggestions for a broad range of subjects," she said.

"Two of those - the media in Wales, and the Welsh Government's strategy for the Welsh language - will be taken on as early work for the committee.

"But we would like people to look over the list and tell us which ideas they think are important.

"We won't be forgetting about the other ideas and we'll look to include them at some point in the future."

Image caption Bethan Jenkins says the vote is a logical step in the assembly's development

An inquiry into history teaching would focus on Welsh culture and heritage.

The other options available include:

  • strengthening citizen participation and access to Welsh politics
  • developing and promoting the "Wales brand"
  • the Welsh Government's review of museums
  • supporting and developing unique and traditional art forms of Wales
  • access and funding for grassroots arts
  • supporting and developing those working in the visual and applied arts
  • developing the music industry in Wales
  • bilingual support for deaf, hard of hearing and people with communication difficulties.

Details of how to vote have been published online.

The poll will remain open until 14 November.

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