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Might Wales acquire the right to develop its own legislation on sex work?

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Currently legislation on sex work is devolved to the Scottish and Northern Ireland legislatures, but Wales is currently subject to UK parliament legislation on this subject.

It looks from  this discussion in the House of Commons on the 11th July that this could possibly change.

Does anyone closer than me to the political scene know how likely this is to happen? 

 

 

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I'm quite surprised that Wales hasn't got more devolved powers. Most likely devolving powers to them on sex industry matters would probably lead to N. Ireland laws.

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Well it doesn't look like it will happen after all:

Wales Bill - Second Reading (Continued)

in the House of Lords at 5:41 pm on 10th October 2016.

Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 5:41 pm, 10th October 2016

My Lords, this Bill should not have been placed before Parliament in the state it is in. For all the work of the Silk commission, of which the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, was a distinguished member, three successive Secretaries of State, pre-legislative scrutiny of a draft Bill and then scrutiny of this Bill by the House of Commons, it is a mess. It is confused and opaque. The opacity is not just because this legislation is not consolidated, although it is very unhelpful that that is the case. The Bill is based on no discernible constitutional principles. It expresses no clear or convinced vision for Wales or for the United Kingdom or for the relationship between the two. With the fractures exposed by the EU referendum, such a vision has never been more needed.

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It appears that the Wales Office ignored the advice of the Welsh Affairs Committee that it should issue guidance to other Whitehall departments as to the principles and considerations that it should apply in deciding what powers it wished to reserve, and instead has accommodated a dog-in-the-manger stance department by department. The Secretary of State claims that there is a clear rationale for each of the reservations, but what constitutional principle causes the Government to refuse to devolve to an experienced and—as the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, acknowledged—mature Welsh Assembly powers over crime, public order and policing, including specifically such matters as anti-social behaviour, knives, drugs and prostitution? If the Home Office thinks it has a monopoly of wisdom, nobody else does. These are responsibilities devolved to Scotland and to be devolved to city regions in England. Why not to Wales? There is no principled basis for this reservation; it is simply a case of the Home Office saying, “What we have, we hold”.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2016-10-10a.1713.2

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This issue was further discussed in Committee in the Lords on 7th November where a proposed amendment to review within three years a number of powers not delegated to the Welsh Assembly (including powers to legislate on prostitution) was not moved.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2016-11-07a.980.1#g999.6

 

 

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