Monday, 7 July 2008

Small world

Members of the committee set up to gauge opinion on whether the Welsh Assembly should gain full law-making powers have been unveiled.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: “We have been seeking a cross section of Welsh life and Welsh opinion who can tap into the views of ordinary Welsh people. I believe we have achieved that balance."

Those chosen from open competition include Joan Asby, chief officer of the Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development (PLANED).

She has 30 years experience of supporting community engagement in local regeneration. The Welsh Assembly Government says she has served on its rural partnership for Wales, social enterprise joint working group and 2020 stakeholder group.

If Joan has any queries about the operation of the Government of Wales Act that paves the way for more powers she could always consult the civil servant who managed the team of officials on the Bill as it went through Parliament.

His name is Rhodri - and they share a surname. He knows her better as "Mum".

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