Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Archbishop McGrath School visit

Today I welcomed 6th Form pupils from Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive on their very first visit to the National Assembly for Wales.

During the visit the pupils were given a briefing on the work, role and responsibilities of an Assembly Member and in particular, how the new powers given under the Government of Wales Act which will begin as from May 2007 will impact upon their work.

After the briefing the pupils were treated to a tour of the Senedd after which they were given the opportunity to watch First Ministers Question Time from the public gallery.

It has been a delight to welcome the pupils here today. Indeed, I was very impressed by their standard of behaviour and in the manner in which they conducted themselves.

What really impressed me was the understanding that the youngsters had of the many issues facing their generation, such as climate change, or having a smoking ban in public places. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the pupils, and explaining the work undertaken at the National Assembly, and I look forward to meeting with them again in the near future.

In the meantime, I would personally like to wish them the very best for their forthcoming summer examinations, and in their future careers that lie ahead.



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