Documents, Papers and Reports
Certain documents, papers and reports are required to be officially laid (presented to) before the Assembly or deposited with the Assembly’s Library.
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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.
'Laying' is the process by which documents are placed formally before the Assembly.
Standing Order 15 sets out the five categories of document which can be laid before the Assembly. These include items such as draft legislation, Assembly Committee reports and other documents that are required to be laid before the Assembly by law.