Wilson will hire new PR team for Welsh Secretary

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.

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

team.



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

organisation.



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.



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