Since the start of the Fifth Assembly, work has been underway to make use of the opportunity the Wales Act 2017 gives us to make our parliament a more effective, accessible and diverse legislature.
On 2 October 2018 the Assembly Commission announced its intention to introduce the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill, subject to the approval of the Assembly in a debate scheduled for Wednesday 10 October 2018.
The Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill will change the name of the National Assembly for Wales to the Welsh Parliament, 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 Commission intends that the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented by 2021.
Find out more about the Commission’s announcement
The National Assembly for Wales Commission
announces 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.
More than 3,200 consultation responses were received.
Read the key findings.
The consultation which ran from 12 February to 6 April 2018, asked people in Wales to share their views on a range of proposals, including the recommendations of the independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.
The report, ‘A Parliament that works for Wales’, recommended between 20 and 30 additional Assembly Members elected through a more proportional electoral system with accountability to electors and diversity at its heart. It also recommended lowering the minimum voting age for National Assembly elections to 16. Read the Expert Panel's report.
Read the Expert Panel's report.
Following a consultation, the Commission announced its decision to legislate to change the legislature’s name to Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru before the end of the Assembly term.
On 3 March 2017 the consultation on the proposal for the National Assembly for Wales to change its name closed. 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.
Find out more about the proposal to change the name of the National Assembly for Wales.
The Llywydd announced the establishment of an Expert Panel on Electoral Reform to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the number of Members the Assembly needs, the most suitable electoral system, and the minimum voting age for Assembly elections.
Chaired by Professor Laura McAllister CBE, Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at the Wales Governance Centre, Panel members included Professor Rosie Campbell, Professor Sarah Childs, Rob Clements, Professor David Farrell, Dr Alan Renwick and Sir Paul Silk.
Find out more about the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.
On 8 December 2016 the Assembly Commission launched a consultation to seek the views of Assembly Members, other stakeholders and members of the public on a proposal to change the name of the National Assembly for Wales.
On the 14 November 2016 Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales announced the Assembly Commission’s decision to take forward work to address the capacity of the Assembly, acting on behalf of the institution, with cross-party support and, most importantly, in the interests of the people of Wales.
Assembly Members agreed unanimously that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament.
Find out more about the plans to change the Assembly's name.
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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