The Document Library includes many forms of document officially Laid before the Assembly or deposited with the Assembly Library
Written Questions are tabled for a Welsh Minister or the Counsel General, on matters relating to his or her responsibilities, and the Commission on matters relating to the Commission’s responsibilities.
A Statement of Opinion on a matter affecting Wales may be tabled by any Member other than a member of the government; and any such Statement may be supported, opposed or otherwise subject to comment in writing by any other Member. Statements of Opinion are published on the Assembly website but there is no Assembly decision on them.
The deposit of papers in the Library usually, though not always, arises as a result of a Ministerial commitment made in response to an Assembly Question, or in the course of an Assembly debate or committee meeting. Whilst Assembly Members, other than members of the Government, are not permitted to deposit documents in the Library, they may put forward a case for papers referred to in Assembly proceedings to be placed in the Library under the authority of the Presiding Officer.
Standing Order 15 sets out the five categories of document which can be Laid before the Assembly. 'Laying' is the process by which documents are placed formally before the Assembly. The name derives from the practice of placing documents for debate on the Table outside the debating chamber of the House of Commons.
Written Statements are published shortly after receipt by the Assembly's Record of Proceedings.