FMQs 28th June 2011 – Public Policy Institute for Wales

Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Prif Weinidog ddatganiad am gynlluniau ar gyfer Sefydliad Polisi Cyhoeddus yng Nghymru.  
[Will the First Minister make a statement on plans for a Public Policy Institute for Wales.] 

The First Minister: I want to make best use of the expertise that we have in Wales to ensure high-quality, strategic policy making and research to improve our public services. A public policy institute has a role, alongside our commitment to a leadership academy and the need to improve public services across Wales.   

Mark Drakeford: Do you agree that, given the difficult financial circumstances that we face over the next few years, it is even more important that policy making in Wales is able to draw on the widest range of advice, and that a public policy institute would provide a way in which new sources of expertise and new policy solutions could be fed into the way that we think about these issues in Wales? How soon would you hope to be able to bring forward this urgently-needed development?   

The First Minister: Officials are beginning the process by convening a group of relevant experts, including some from higher education, to develop a series of options. The intention is that the institute will capture the expertise that exists outside Government, including in the higher education sector, to achieve better outcomes for Wales. That work has begun.