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Assembly reform timeline

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.

 


 
 


July 2018: Key findings published and votes at 16 plans announced


Cover of English version of Assembly reform consultation summary reportThe 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.


 
 
 


February 2018: Commission consulted on the Expert Panel’s recommendation and other possible reforms.

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.

 
 


December 2017: Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform publishes its report

The Expert Panl on Electoral reform's report, 'A Parliament that works for Wales'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.


 
 


June 2017: Commission announced decision to legislate to change the Assembly’s name

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.


 
 


March 2017: Name Change consultation closed

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. 

 
 


February 2017: Llywydd establishes Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

Expert Panel on Electoral ReormThe 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.

 
 


December 2016: Name change consultation launched

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.

 
 


November 2016: Assembly Commission decision

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.

 
 


July 2016: Name change debated

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.

 


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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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