Record of Proceedings
The Record of Proceedings is a substantially verbatim transcript of the proceedings of the National Assembly's Plenary meetings. It records what was said as well as what was decided. The Record is like the Hansard or official reports published by other legislatures in the UK, with the difference that it is bilingual.
These transcripts of Plenary meetings are initially published in the language spoken with a transcription of the simultaneous interpretation where Welsh is spoken. A draft version is published on a rolling basis and it starts to appear about an hour after the start of Plenary. It is updated every quarter of an hour. The Record itself is published within 24 hours and includes links to the full voting results, to Members’ biographies and to Senedd TV. There is also a facility to read this version without the hyperlinks, making it easier for users to copy and paste. The fully bilingual final version, with all contributions given in both languages, is published within three working days.
Answers to Oral Questions not reached in Plenary meetings are published within 24 hours
Answers to written questions are published in a daily bulletin
Transcripts of committee meetings are made available in draft form within three to five working days, with a final version published within 10 working days.
Committee transcripts include the Welsh to English interpretation broadcast during the meeting, but English contributions are not translated into Welsh.
Who uses the Record?
Parliaments produce official reports like the Record as a matter of democratic best practice, to allow people to read about what has happened in their legislature. The Record can be used by anyone who wants to find out what has gone on in the Assembly. For example, it shows how your Assembly Member voted on an issue, and what he or she said on a particular matter. Equally, it allows politicians, lawyers and the media to determine the exact intention of legislation passed by the Assembly.
The Record of Plenary meetings alone gets over 2,000 hits a week via the Assembly's website. It is also useful internally, for Members and their support staff, and for the research and committee services. People and organisations who give evidence to Assembly committees use our transcripts to follow the relevant inquiry.
We also provide a record for posterity. A text-based record is especially valuable for those who wish to search the debates for a key word or phrase, or cut and paste a section of the debate into another document.