NEW independent advisors have been appointed to help the National Assembly of Wales continue its "commitment to accountability and best practice".
The Assembly Commission has appointed three new independent advisors, Helena Feltham, Eric Gregory and Keith Baldwin, who will replace the existing advisors over the next year.
Independent advisors are used by the commission to ensure that commissioners and the Assembly's senior management team are supported and constructively challenged in their roles.
"It is right and proper that Wales's law-making body is held to the highest possible standards in everything it does," said Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler AM.
"The National Assembly Commission has a budget of £47 million a year and we aim to attain the highest possible standards, whether it is spending public money in the most cost effective way, or the way we deliver parliamentary support to members."