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Bill-027 - Mohammad Asghar AM - Enterprise (Wales) Bill

Pre-ballot Information

A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.

Policy Objectives of the Bill

An Enterprise Bill would ensure that present and future Welsh Governments take steps to make the Welsh economy more competitive and remain accountable for progress in this area.

It would require the Welsh Government to set a strategy and targets for economic development. Targets would include economic growth measures, employment, procurement and skills. They would also include targets for the Welsh Government’s enterprise zones. The Bill would require Ministers to account to the National Assembly and the business community regularly on progress towards the targets.

The Bill would also establish an Enterprise Wales Council, chaired by a business person, and made up of the Welsh Government’s economic partners. The Council would question and advise Ministers from across the Welsh Government. Council papers would be published.

Support received

Parts of the proposed Bill have been suggested by business organisations.

In its response to the Welsh Government’s Economic Renewal Programme the Institute of Directors has suggested that Ministers outside the Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science should have to account to the Business Partnership Council.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales said in its ERP consultation response that “…the Business Partnership Council should be continued and strengthened…”


The Welsh Government consulted on its own approach through consultation on the Economic Renewal Programme. The aforementioned detail from the Institute of Directors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors were responses to that consultation.

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