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Honorary Professor casts his eye over devolution

14 October 2011

Honaray Prof RWJ WebProfessor Richard Wyn Jones has welcomed Paul Silk’s appointment.

Honorary University Professor, Paul Silk has been named the chairman of an influential Commission examining the case for devolution of fiscal powers to Wales.

Announced by the Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan the Commission will examine the case for the devolution of fiscal powers to the National Assembly and recommend modifications to improve the present constitutional arrangements.

Welcoming his appointment, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director of the University’s Wales Governance Centre, said: "Given the unique insight and understanding that Paul Silk professional experience has given him, not only of the National Assembly and Westminster, but of legislatures world-wide, he is an ideal choice to Chair this important new Commission.

"Cardiff University’s Governance Centre looks forward to making a constructive contribution to the work of the Commission over the next two years."

Paul Silk will be joined on the Commission by four party political members, nominated by each of the political parties in the National Assembly for Wales, and by two independent members.

The Commission membership will consist of:

§ Dyfrig John CBE (Chairman of the Principality Building Society)

§ Professor Noel Lloyd CBE (former Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University)

§ Professor Nick Bourne (Welsh Conservative nominee)

§ Sue Essex (Welsh Labour nominee)

§ Rob Humphreys (Welsh Liberal Democrats nominee)

§ Dr Eurfyl ap Gwilym (Plaid Cymru nominee)

Paul Silk said: "It is a great privilege to have been asked to head up this Commission and I was honoured to accept. I am joined by a team of commissioners who have such a range of experience and talent, and I am confident this knowledge will be invaluable as the Commission undertakes its work.

"The Commission has a challenging and complex remit and I look forward to working constructively with the UK Government and the Welsh Government over the coming months. I want to listen and engage with people across Wales on these important issues as we begin our work on the task in hand."

The Commission is expected to report to the UK Government on its recommendations in relation in the autumn of 2012, and during 2013. The full Terms of Reference for the Commission are available at:

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Wales Governance Centre

School of European Studies

Cardiff Law School