Presbyterian Church of Wales backs further assembly powers

By agency reporter
7 Sep 2010

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has reiterated its support to further powers for the Welsh Assembly.

In the Church’s annual General Assembly in Lampeter, representatives voted in favour of raising awareness of the upcoming referendum among 30,000 church members and to encourage them to vote in favour of legislative powers.

Days after the Electoral Commission said that the proposed referendum question should be re-worded, the Assembly agreed that the question should be clear and robust “so that people will feel engaged in a significant democratic step affecting the government of Wales and the lives of ordinary people.”

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has been a leading light in the pro-devolution campaign for many years.

“The Presbyterian Church of Wales is a Welsh institution with churches all over Wales and a significant role in Welsh history,” said Mervyn Phillips, Chairman of the Church’s Church and Society Department.

“We’ve spoken out in favour of devolved powers for a long time because it’s important that there is political recognition of Welsh identity, community and history. We’re part of the community and we’re concerned for the sense identity of that community. Having the functions of government nearer to the people is a vital step forward.”

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has around 30,000 members in more than 700 churches, as well as strong links with churches abroad.

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