Headlines: July 31st, 2001

People in Wales have been offered a say in the next phase of the development of partial self-government.The National Assembly, now up and running for two years – wants public input to how it should organise its priorities for the next two years of the current term. Elections are planned in May 2003.

The programme for consultation – set out on a special website – outlines progress made so far and aspirations of what’s to come – especially in the development of public services.

The First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, is promising that the consultation will lead to a real influencing of the Assembly’s priorities.

The web site can be found at www.planforwales.wales.gov.uk, where visitors can complete electronic forms giving their views on where they feel priorities should be changed or added, or they can vote for the most important issues.

Those without access to the internet can see the plan at their local Assembly Link Libraries or can phone a special hotline to ask for copies of the proposals to be sent in the post.