Call for AM's oath to be to voters – not Queen
12:10pm Friday 8th March 2013 in News
THE oath of allegiance taken by Assembly Members, should pledge loyalty to the Welsh people not the Queen, the Silk Commission has been told.
In evidence to the Silk Commission, which could recommend a constitutional shake-up, Republic Wales said elected AMs should give allegiance to voters not to the royal family.
The group has also recommended removing the obligation on AMs to seek permission from members of the royal family when debating possible legislation about their role.
The group also says the Freedom of Information Act should be amended allowing lobbying by the Prince of Wales on Assembly business to be made transparent and scrutinised by the public.
Currently, swearing an oath of allegiance to the monarch is mandatory for all Assembly Members.
Republic Wales wants the Silk Commission to ensure the legislative process in Wales is free from undemocratic influence by the royals.