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November 2019

On 27 November 2019, the Assembly approved the final wording of the Bill at Stage 4. A ‘supermajority’ of at least 40 Members were required to vote in favour for the Bill to be approved; in the event 41 voted in favour.

On 13 November 2019, the Assembly agreed final changes to the Bill. Unless the Assembly agrees that there will be another amending stage, the amended Bill will move to a final vote at Stage 4.

 
 

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.

 

September 2019

 

On 18 September 2019, a Committee of the whole Assembly agreed changes to the Bill. The amended Bill therefore moved to Stage 3, where the Assembly considered more changes to the Bill.

 

 
 

 

July 2019

 

 

The Assembly voted on 10 July 2019 to approve the general principles of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Bill therefore moved to the next stage of the legislative process.

 

 
 

 

June 2019

 

 

Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that while she was confident that the case in favour of increasing the number of Members had been made, there was not yet consensus on how Members should be elected.

For this reason, the Commission decided it was not possible to legislate on Phase 2 of electoral reform in the 5th Assembly. However, the Commission's work to explore issues relating to the size of the Assembly and how Members should be elected would continue assisting the public debate and political parties as they considered their views on these matters.

 

 
 

 

February 2019

 

On 12 February 2019, the Llywydd introduced the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill on behalf of the Assembly Commission. The Bill contains proposals to lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16, change the name of the Assembly and make other important changes to the way that elections are run and administered in Wales.

If passed by the Assembly, the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented in time for the 2021 Assembly elections.

 

 

 

November 2018

Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that the name change introduced in the Bill would be the monolingual name “Senedd” and that Members would be referred to as “Aelodau’r Senedd / Members of the Senedd”. 

The Bill would be called the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill.



 
 

October 2018: Assembly Commission announced plans to introduce legislation

On 2 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.

The Commission intends that the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented by 2021.

Find out more about the Commission’s announcement




 
 


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. 

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.


 
 


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. 

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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