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The Name of the National Assembly

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.

The consultation showed that 61% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the Assembly should change its name.

The name that respondents felt best described the institution's role and responsibility was: Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru.

"We have agreed that we should, before the end of this Assembly, legislate to change the name of the institution to Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru. Members would be known as Welsh Parliament Members (WPM) / Aelodau o Senedd Cymru (ASC)."  


Read the full statement (PDF, 191KB) from the Llywydd Elin Jones AC/AM


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 to Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru.


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Name change consultation report

In total, we received 2,821 survey responses from people of all ages, from across Wales.

Analysis of consultation results (PDF, 5.35MB)

Creating a Parliament for Wales

Read the consultation document for more information.

Consultation document (PDF, 4.35MB)

Electoral reform

The Llywydd established an Expert Panel to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the future capacity of the Assembly. It reported in December 2017.

Find out more about the Panel



Assembly reform programme

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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