Welsh secretary Ron Davies announced on Friday that he has accepted the resignation of the chairman of the Welsh De...
Welsh secretary Ron Davies announced on Friday that he has accepted the resignation of the chairman of the Welsh Development Agency, David Rowe-Beddoe. The resignation will take effect from the autumn when the new enhanced WDA will come into being. The post of chairman of the new Welsh Development Agency will be advertised.
Mr Davies said: 'Mr David Rowe-Beddoe has written to me tendering his resignation as chairman of the Welsh Development Agency which I have accepted. His reasons for resigning stem from the desire to avoid uncertainty over the leadership of this important body when his appointment ends at the end of June 1999 which will coincide with the establishment of the national assembly for Wales. This is set out fully in his letter to me of 29 April, 1998, a copy of which, together with a copy of my reply, will be placed in the library of both houses of parliament.
'I am grateful to Mr Rowe-Beddoe. He has proved an excellent chairman since he was first appointed in 1993 and has steered the agency to its present position of success.'
- Under the government's devolution proposals the Welsh Development Agency, the Development Board for Rural Wales and the Land Authority for Wales are being merged into a single organisation. The new organisation will retain the name of Welsh Development Agency. David Rowe-Beddoe will continue in his role of chairman of the Welsh Development Agency and the Development Board for Rural Wales until then. Geoffrey Inkin will also continue as chairman of the Land Authority for Wales until then. Both chairmen have been instrumental in establishing joint working arrangements between the three organisations in preparation for the merger.
- Subject to the passage of the Government of Wales Bill, the enhanced WDA will be established this autumn.
- David Rowe-Beddoe has been chairman of the Welsh Development Agency since 1 July 1993.