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ROWS OVER SITE OF WELSH ASSEMBLIES

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The Financial Times (p8) covers the story from Wales of allegations that the government is trying to hold Cardiff C...
The Financial Times (p8) covers the story from Wales of allegations that the government is trying to hold Cardiff CC to ransom over the cost of Welsh devolution. The story comes amid claims that the government is looking at alternative locations for its planned assembly.

Apparently, the Welsh Office is considering abandoning Cardiff City Hall in favour of building a new home, possibly along Cardiff Bay or near the M4. The cost of a new building, local politicians say, would make devolution even more unpopular, but critics of City Hall say renovating it could be too costly.

Meanwhile, the Daily Post reported (30 Sept, p1) that north Wales may get its own mini-Welsh Office to ensure that the new assembly is not dominated by the south. Welsh secretary Ron Davies is said to be sympathetic to the idea of civil servants being based in north as well as south Wales.

At the Labour party's conference on Monday, Delyn MP David Hanson suggested that the office could be based at Flintshire County Hall in Mold where there is empty office space. The general feeling was that the results of the referendum in north Wales proved there is a degree of scepticism that has to be addressed.
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