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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2007, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Labour unveils assembly programme
Rhodri Morgan
Rhodri Morgan is leading a minority Labour government
First Minister Rhodri Morgan has unveiled Labour's legislative programme for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Six of the nine laws will be drafted under a new process allowing the assembly to acquire legislative power from the UK Parliament in some areas.

Once powers are acquired through these new Legislative Competence Orders (LCOs), they will enable the passing of Welsh laws, called assembly measures.

The other three proposals are based on existing powers already devolved.

The detail of the six LCOs announced by Mr Morgan on Wednesday were explained by Labour as follows:

  • Tackling child poverty and assisting vulnerable children. The LCO will include placing a duty on all public bodies to demonstrate their commitment to tackling child poverty.

  • Environmental protection and waste management, to link long-standing public concern over litter and other environmental matters with sustainable waste management.

  • Gaining enhanced legislative powers in relation to additional learning needs to enable a substantial restructuring of the statementing system in special education.

  • Seeking powers to legislate in the field of charges for home care and other non-residential social services.

  • Affordable housing.

  • The Welsh language.

    In addition, the other three proposed assembly measures unveiled by Labour were:

  • Give greater rights to patients through an NHS redress measure. This will simplify ways that the public can seek redress from the NHS if things go wrong, establishing new rights, new processes and new outcomes for patients.

  • Reform the 14-19 curriculum, producing greater learning opportunities and diversity to prepare young people for their working lives.

  • Deal with school transport, to include integrated systems, the creation of a green public transport system and the expansion of the Safer Routes to Schools scheme.






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