Wales to have greater say over water rules: report

The Welsh government is to be given new powers over water, under changes by the UK government to the Wales Bill.

As part of the amendments, Welsh secretary Alun Cairns’s powers to intervene on water legislation will be replaced by a legal agreement between the Welsh and UK governments, according to a report on the BBC news website.

Cairns told the BBC Radio’s Good Morning Wales programme that the changes “settle a long outstanding injustice where Wales was failed 60 years ago”.

“Every secretary of state up until now has ducked this tough issue whereby water within Wales and England is inter-related.” he said.

The Welsh government welcomed the move, saying it had been calling for a devolution of powers in water legislation “for some time”. A Welsh government spokesman said: “We look forward to receiving further details on this as soon as possible.”

The Wales Bill will be debated in the House of Lords on Tuesday 15 November. The changes will take effect once the Welsh and UK governments have signed a formal agreement.