Changing the Name of the National Assembly for Wales
In July 2016, Assembly Members agreed unanimously that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament.
The Assembly Commission consulted the public between 8 December 2016 and 3 March 2017.
consultation showed that 61% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the Assembly should change its name.
In June 2017 the Llywydd announced that the change would be taken forward as part of the wider programme of Assembly reform.
In July 2018,
the Assembly Commission announced its intention to legislate to lower the minimum voting age for Assembly elections to 16 and change the name of the Assembly. In October 2018 the Assembly Commission announced its intention to introduce legislation to:
• change the name of the National Assembly for Wales,
• lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16,
• amend the law relating to disqualification from being an Assembly Member,
• and make other changes to the Assembly’s electoral and internal arrangements.
The Assembly gave its approval to the Commission’s decision
on 10 October 2018.
On 12 November, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that the name change introduced in the Bill will be the monolingual name “Senedd” and that Members will be referred to as “Aelodau’r Senedd / Members of the Senedd”. The Bill will be called the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill.
Once the Bill has been introduced, an Assembly committee will consider the proposals and any suggested amendments in detail before a final vote is put to all 60 Members. The Bill requires at least 40 members to vote in its favour to become law.
The Commission intends that the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented by 2021.
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The Llywydd established an Expert Panel to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the future capacity of the Assembly. It reported in December 2017.
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The National Assembly for Wales Commission has announced plans to take forward key elements of its programme to reform Wales’ parliament.
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