FM: "Powers Don't Go far Enough"

New devolved powers for Wales have been promised by the Queen.

The Queen’s Speech outlined the UK Government’s plans during its time in Parliament, with decisions on tax, the voting age and energy projects handed over to the Welsh Assembly.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

“We’re still not being treated like the Scots, or indeed like Manchester.

“Policing for example is being devolved to Manchester, but not to Wales.

“But it’s some progress and we’ll see what the detail now is like in the autumn.”

Other parties in Wales have also criticised the St David’s Day Agreement.

 Plaid Cymru is also calling for Wales to be treated the same way as Scotland and the Liberal Democrats labelled the speech “the return of the nasty party.”

However Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

“Today's Queen's speech from a One Nation Government will bring our country together by taking forward the St David's Day Agreement.

"No one should underestimate our commitment to see a stronger and more coherent devolution settlement that will stand the test of time for Wales.

"With more accountability and more decisions taken in Wales, we can support economic growth and help people across the whole country benefit from the economic recovery."

A draft version of the new Wales Bill is due to be published in the autumn.

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