Welsh Office information director Pat Wilson is to move to London
and establish a new team to handle PR for the Welsh Secretary, according
to provisional plans being drawn up for the new Welsh Assembly.
Wilson currently oversees a 30-strong Welsh Office communications
The team is due to transfer to the Assembly when it opens officially on
26 May. The seven staff currently working in the press office will
report to the leader of the Assembly, but will service the whole
Wilson will then become press secretary to the Secretary of State for
Wales, and is likely to establish a new team in London. ’The Secretary
of State for Wales will retain some powers, and will still be a member
of the Cabinet, but it will be quite a small ministry,’ said Wilson.
Although the Welsh Office will keep a presence in Cardiff, most of its
functions will transfer to the new Welsh Assembly. The Welsh Office is
unlikely to replace Wilson directly. Unlike the Scottish Parliament,
which will have its own communications director, there will be a senior
civil service administrator in charge at the Assembly.