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Wales: The Establishment of the National Assembly for Wales

Wales: The Establishment of the National Assembly for Wales WALES The Establishment caf tBe National &sem%lgr for Wales Until very recently, a rapport on Wales separate from that on the legal jurisdiction of England and Wales would have been deemed unnecessary. In contrast with the union between England and Scotland which left intact a separate legal system for Scotland, the 'union' between England and Wales, itself the unilateral act of the English Parliament, incorporated Wales into England for the purposes of government and applied English law in Wales.' At the same time Wales was given representation in the English Parliament. While the twentieth century has seen the creation of a number of separate government departments for Wales, culminating in the establishment of the Welsh Office and the position of Secretary of State for Wales in 1964, in no way could it be claimed that this administrative devolution created a separate system of Welsh public law. Indeed, even now, the legal changes currently being effected within Wales are still very modest, especially when compared with equivalent proposals in relation io Scotland. I-Iowever, they do create for Wales a body of principles under which the new National Assembly will be organized, principles which seek to give expression to a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Wales: The Establishment of the National Assembly for Wales

European Public Law , Volume 5 (1) – Mar 1, 1999

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WALES The Establishment caf tBe National &sem%lgr for Wales Until very recently, a rapport on Wales separate from that on the legal jurisdiction of England and Wales would have been deemed unnecessary. In contrast with the union between England and Scotland which left intact a separate legal system for Scotland, the 'union' between England and Wales, itself the unilateral act of the English Parliament, incorporated Wales into England for the purposes of government and applied English law in Wales.' At the same time Wales was given representation in the English Parliament. While the twentieth century has seen the creation of a number of separate government departments for Wales, culminating in the establishment of the Welsh Office and the position of Secretary of State for Wales in 1964, in no way could it be claimed that this administrative devolution created a separate system of Welsh public law. Indeed, even now, the legal changes currently being effected within Wales are still very modest, especially when compared with equivalent proposals in relation io Scotland. I-Iowever, they do create for Wales a body of principles under which the new National Assembly will be organized, principles which seek to give expression to a

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Published: Mar 1, 1999

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