Legislation (Fourth Assembly 2011-2016)
During the Fourth Assembly, the Assembly scrutinised and passed 28 Bills into Acts. There were also 3 Bills which fell at the end of the Fourth Assembly and 1 which was rejected by the Assembly. There was also a large quantity of Subordinate Legislation which was scrutinised and enacted during the life of the Fourth Assembly
The following Acts of the Assembly have received Royal Assent during the Fourth Assembly (May 2011 - May 2016)
Introduced by the Welsh Government
Introduced by an Assembly Member
Introduced by the Assembly Commission
Bills Rejected by the Assembly
The following Bills were rejected by the Fourth Assembly and no further proceedings may be taken on these Bills. Standing Order 26.76
The following Bills fell at the end of the Fourth Assembly under Standing Order 26.76
Subordinate legislation is law brought forward by Ministers under powers delegated by an Act or Measure of the Assembly or by an Act of Parliament. The Assembly procedures relevant to most subordinate legislation in the Fourth Assembly are set out in Standing Order 27.
Most subordinate legislation is subject to annulment (the negative procedure), This legislation takes effect automatically unless the Assembly resolves to annul it.
Some legislation is subject to approval (the affirmative procedure) and has to be formally approved by the Assembly before it takes effect.
A very small proportion of subordinate legislation is subject to specific procedures set out in the Act or Measure that contains the power to make it. This includes legislation subject to a ‘super-affirmative’ procedure.
Instruments which are made jointly by Welsh and UK Ministers have to be laid before both the Assembly and Parliament.
Subordinate legislation must be laid before the National Assembly at least 21 days before it comes into effect. If this rule is breached, the relevent Minister has to notify the Presiding Officer of the reasons
There is some subordinate legislation for which no formal procedure is prescribed other than that it be laid before the Assembly
A Commencement Order is a form of Statutory Instrument which brings into force the whole or part of an Assembly Act at a date set out in the Order. If there is no Commencement Order, the Act will come into force on the day Royal Assent is received or on a date specified in the Act. The Welsh Government notifies the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of Commencement Orders but they are not usually laid before the Assembly or scrutinised by the Committee
Some orders follow a special procedure. They cannot be made or confirmed by the Minister until the procedures laid down by Standing Order 28 have been complied with.
Standing Order 28 includes provision for petitions to be presented to the Assembly’s Presiding Officer against the draft special procedure Order. The Presiding Officer has produced written guidance for presenting such a petition
Section 109 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 empowers Her Majesty, by Order in Council, to amend Schedule 7 to the 2006 Act, provided that the Order has first been approved by the National Assembly for Wales and both Houses of Parliament.
Standing Order 25 provides for the procedure to be followed in respect of the consideration of Orders in Council that are to be made under section 109 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.