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Assembly Business

The Assembly Business Directorate provides specialist parliamentary support to Members to ensure the efficient and effective conduct of business. In particular, it provides the following services:

Chamber & Committee Service / Policy & Legislation Committee Service

Across these two teams staff provide secretariat support to the Assembly committees and procedural advice to Committee Chairs and Members.

The Chamber Secretariat ensures the smooth management of Plenary meetings and provides procedural advice to the Presiding Officers and other Members.

The Scrutiny Support Team exists to assist Committee Secretariat in supporting the passage of legislation through the Assembly. It also supports the development of legislative proposals by individual Members.

Communications

The Communications team has responsibility for leading on the National Assembly’s external and internal communications.

Legal Service

The Assembly's Legal Service provides expert and impartial legal advice to the Presiding Officer, the Commissioners, Assembly Members, the Chief Executive and other Assembly Commission departments. Services are provided confidentially in Welsh or English.  All legal advisers are solicitors qualified to practise in England and Wales. They specialise in public and constitutional law and the law of Welsh devolution, as well as in the policy areas within which the Assembly makes law. The Assembly’s Legal Service is independent of the Welsh Government.​

Table Office

The Table Office provides advice and arbitrates on the admissibility and handling of questions and motions; publishes the Register of Members Interests; gives guidance on the registration and declaration of interests; and publishes all documents officially laid before the Assembly.

Research Service

The Research Service provides confidential and impartial information and research support to Assembly Members and committees.

Record of Proceedings

The Record of Proceedings team produces and publishes bi-lingual transcripts of plenary and committee meetings.

Strategic Transformation Unit

The Strategic Transformation service is responsible for proactive planning and influence in relation to constitutional change and the role of the Assembly. It drives the transformation of critical elements of Assembly services, managing significant projects directly related to Assembly business and the strategic capacity of the Assembly. It also provides support and advice to the Remuneration Board.

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