The Assembly’s Presiding Officer has today written to leaders of political parties to inform them that plans to film behind the scenes could not “get unanimous approval” from all of the political parties.
The Presiding Officer had previously written to the leaders saying she believed it would be a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to allow documentaries similar to the BBC’s ‘Inside the Commons’ to be filmed in the Assembly, but suggested she would only give the go-ahead if it had cross party approval.
Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture Minister said:
“It’s a huge shame that a political party in the Assembly has, it would appear, blocked these proposals.
“It’s essential that people are better informed about what happens in the National Assembly and this type of programme is an ideal way of doing that. ‘Inside the Commons’ was, in my opinion, a huge success in showing what politicians in Westminster do, while also adding a bit of colour to their character.
“Whichever political party has blocked this should be up front and publicly explain why they have done so.”