HL Deb 03 April 2001 vol 624 c110WA
Baroness David

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What role will the Children's Commissioner for Wales have in respect of matters that are not devolved to the National Assembly for Wales. [HL1596]

The Attorney-General (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The commissioner's core functions under the Bill rightly focus on matters that come within the Assembly's wide fields of responsibility. However, the Government have carefully considered the points made in debate here and in another place about the commissioner needing to have a role in matters not devolved to the Assembly. We therefore intend amending the Bill to empower the commissioner to consider, and make representations to the Assembly about, any matter affecting the rights and welfare of children in Wales.