An appointed [[Council for Wales and Monmouthshire]] was established in 1949 to "ensure the government is adequately informed of the impact of government activities on the general life of the people of Wales". The council had 27 members nominated by local authorities in Wales, the [[University of Wales]], [[...|National Eisteddfod Council]] and the [[Welsh Tourist Board]]. A post of Minister of Welsh Affairs was created in 1951 and the post of [[Secretary of State for Wales]] and the [[Welsh Office]] were established in 1964 leading to the abolition of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire.
Labour's incremental embrace of a distinctive Welsh polity was arguably catalysed in 1966 when Plaid Cymru president [[Gwynfor Evans]] won the [[Carmarthen by-election]]. In response to the emergence of Plaid Cymru and the [[Scottish National Party]] (SNP) [[Harold Wilson]]'s Labour Government set up the (the Kilbrandon Commission) to investigate the UK’s constitutional arrangements in 1969. The 1974 – 79 Labour Government proposed a Welsh Assembly in parallel to its proposals for Scotland. These were rejected by voters in the [[Wales referendum, 1979]] with 956,330 votes against, compared with 243,048 for.