This study of the Welsh Office and its impact on the policy processes could not have come at a better time...The book fills a gap that has existed for many years, and as the Welsh Office ended its life in 1999, this book is able to look at the whole history...It is timely, but it may also help to mould future events...the great strength of this book is that...it looks behind the public face of the Welsh Office.
Rt Hon Alun Michael MP (former Secretary of State for Wales), from his Foreword
Thoroughly researched, lucidly crafted, compellingly argued, an essential read for all interested in the government and administration of Wales, and the background to the establishment of the Welsh Assembly and recent constitutional change'.
Dr J. Graham Jones, the Welsh Political Archive, National Library of Wales
This is an important contribution to the study of government in Wales
Glyn Mathias, Senior Lecturer in Government and Politics, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
A significant contribution to our understanding of the recent political and constitutional history of Wales...It will stand the test of time and will appeal to both the general reader and the committed academic alike.
Whilst political devolution did not occur until 1999, administrative devolution was created in Wales in 1964 with the establishment of the Welsh Office. This government ministry dominated political life in Wales and determined many aspects of its government policy . The Welsh Secretaries, in the shape of politicians such as Jim Griffiths, George Thomas, Nicholas Edwards, Peter Walker, David Hunt, John Redwood and William Hague, shaped the political life of Wales through the strength of their own personalities and personal political agendas.
Using interviews with many of the past Secretaries of State for Wales including Ron Davies and Alun Michael. Deacon's book provides the first comprehensive history of the former Welsh Office and the policy creation process.
It is of interest to anyone who wishes to explore how the Welsh Office developed policy in Wales before the advent of the National Assembly. At the same time it enables the reader to view the characters and political agendas that have shaped the modern Welsh nation. This book will contribute to the growing interest in Welsh politics, providing an extensively researched background to one of Wales's most important post war institutions.