Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Talking shop

St David's Day will arrive early at Westminster this year. The Commons is staging its annual Welsh Day debate next Thursday, February 28.

It is almost as much of a tradition to hold the debate on a Thursday - allowing most MPs an early trip home - as it is to hold the debate itself.

In these post-devolution days it does seem a little anachronistic to have a token day where Parliament discusses Welsh affairs.

It is not as if MPs will decide anything: the debate is usually on the subject "that this house do now adjourn" and will not feature anything so vulgar as a vote.

I suspect that if Y Byd had not failed to get off the ground it would not be holding its front page, but I will watch the debate in the hope of being proved wrong.

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