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Legislation

 

The Government of Wales Act 2006 provides for the Assembly to make laws, known as Acts.

The Assembly’s legislative competence

The Assembly is able to make laws on a number of different Subjects — these are set out in Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006

 

 
 
This section explains how the legislative process in the Fourth Assembly works, including information on  Bills and Acts  and guidance documents such as Schedule 7.
 

View the current status of all Assembly Bills

This page provides summary information on all Assembly Acts during the Fourth Assembly (from May 2011).
 
Subordinate legislation is the laws brought forward by Ministers under powers delegated by an Act or Measure of the Assembly or by an Act of Parliament.
When the UK Parliament wishes to legislate on a subject matter which has already been devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, convention requires it to receive the consent of the Assembly before it may pass the legislation in question. Such consent is given by the Assembly through Legislative Consent Motions (LCMs).

 

 
The Presiding Officer must from time to time hold a Ballot to determine the name of a Member, other than a Member of the Government, who may seek agreement to introduce a Member Bill.

 

A Members’ Bill is a Bill introduced by an individual Assembly Member. Members’ Bills are distinct from Bills (introduced by the Welsh Government), Committee Bills (introduced by a committee) and Commission Bills (introduced by the Assembly Commission).

 

 
 
New legislative powers were conferred on the National Assembly for Wales at the start of the Third Assembly in May 2007. These new powers were provided for in the Government of Wales Act 2006, which allows for the Assembly to pass legislation in areas where it has legislative competence.

 

 

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