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WELSH COME OUT IN YES AND NO DEBATE

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The Western Mail (p2) carries a report from the Welsh Office where a meeting took place yesterday of leading local ...
The Western Mail (p2) carries a report from the Welsh Office where a meeting took place yesterday of leading local government figures. They had gathered to lend their support to the Yes campaign. Harry Jones, leader of the Welsh Local Government Association and of Newport CBC said: 'In 1979 I was very strongly against an assembly. But 18 years of Tory administration where we saw some areas of Britain do that much better than Wales have convinced me. We have seen unemployment grow, health services and local government services almost destroyed.'

Welsh secretary Ron Davies is reported to have said that local authority leaders recognised the potential strength of a partnership which would work to adress concerns specific to Wales on the economy, health, education and other matters.

The Mail also reports reaction from Llanelli MP Denzil Davies. He fears rural areas will be the losers when the£6bn annual government grant is distributed among local authorities by assemby members. He says that the Welsh secretary acts as a sort of referee, but the assembly will offer no such moderating force.

Scottish MP Tam Dalyell, an independent No campaigner, will feature in a TV debate featuring Scottish secretary of state Donald Dewar, speaking out for a Yes vote.
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