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Fourth Assembly

 

Picture of the Senedd exterior, with dates 2011-2016 written across. This is headline image for Fourth Assembly events page

This page provides an outline of the key dates for the National Assembly for Wales during this Assembly. It focuses on administrative and procedural events but also refers to some other political or policy developments.

2011 | 2012  | 2013  | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

2016

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

April

04.04.2016 - The Assembly is recalled during Recess in order to discuss the Welsh steel industry

March

16.03.2016 - Assembly Members approve the appointment of Sir Roderick Evans QC as the National Assembly for Wales' Standards Commissioner

01.03.2016 - The 10th anniversary of the opening of the Senedd

January

13.01.2016 - The Assembly debates the UK Government's Draft Wales Bill in Plenary.


2015  

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

May

27.05.2015 - Janet Haworth is sworn in as Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for the North Wales region

19.05.2015 - Dr Altaf Hussain is sworn in as Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for the South Wales West region

07.05.2015 - UK General Election. Two Assembly Members - Antoneitte Sandbach AM and Byron Davies AM are elected to the House of Commons. Both Members subsequently resign their posts as Assembly Members

March

01.03.2015 - The announcement of the 'St David's Day Agreement' and the publication of the UK Government Command Paper Powers for a purpose: towards a lasting devolution settlement for Wales

February  

09.02.2015 -A Supreme Court judgement rules that the provisions of the Recovery of Medical Costs of Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill are outside the legislative competence of the Assembly. The Presiding Officer releases a statement following the decision.

2014 

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

December  

17.12.2014 - The Wales Act 2014 receives Royal Assent in Parliament

October  

21.10.2014 - Following a debate in Plenary on Future Devolution in Wales, the Assembly unanimously agrees a motion setting out its priorities for the future of devolution in Wales

08.10.2014 - The 1,000th Plenary meeting of the Assembly since it was established in 1999 takes place in the Senedd

March  

20.03.2014 - The Wales Bill is introduced in the UK Parliament and receives its First Reading. A command paper, Wales Bill: financial empowerment and accountability, (PDF, 322KB) is published by the UK Government to accompany the Bill

03.03.2014 - The Comission on Devolution in Wales (the Silk Commission) publishes its report on Part 2 of its remit. Empowerment and responsibility: legislative powers to strengthen Wales. The report focuses on the legislative powers of the Assembly and makes 61 recommendations for implementation over a ten year timescale, including advocating that Wales moves to a “reserved powers” model, in which powers reserved to the UK Government are listed, with all others being devolved.

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2013

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

December  

18.12.2013 - The UK Government publishes the draft Wales Bill 

November  

18.11.2013 - The UK Government issues its initial response to the Silk Commission's report on financial reform for Wales. A statement from the Secretary of State for Wales (PDF, 9.8KB) confirms that the UK Government will implement the key proposals in the Silk Commission's first report: borrowing powers, the devolution of certain taxes and the provision of a referendum so that the people of Wales can decide whether some income tax should be devolved.

04.11.2013 - The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 receives Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen. The Act makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and create fully integrated transport networks that consider the needs of walkers and cyclists. The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 also receives Royal Assent in a ceremony in which the Welsh Seal is applied to the Letters Patent. (PDF, 287KB)

01.11.2013 - The UK Government issues its initial response to the Silk Commission's report on financial reform for Wales. A statement from the Secretary of State for Wales (PDF, 9.80KB) confirms that the UK Government will implement the key proposals in the Silk Commission's first report: borrowing powers, the devolution of certain taxes and the provision of a referendum so that the people of Wales can decide whether some income tax should be devolved.

September  

25.09.2013 - The first Private Member's Bill is passed by the National Assembly for Wales. The Mobile Homes (Wales) Bill was introduced by Member for South Wales West, Peter Black AM and will establish a licensing regime for residential mobile home sites in Wales.

May  

08.05.2013 - A draft Wales Bill relating to the changes in the electoral arrangements of the Assembly is announced as part of the UK Government legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech

March  

12.03.2013 - The Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt. Hon David Jones MP, issues a written statement on the future electoral arrangements for the Assembly, relating to extending the length of Assembly terms from 4 to 5 years; lifting the ban on dual candidacy so that candidates in Assembly elections can stand in both constituency seats and on regional lists; and prohibiting Assembly Members from also sitting as Westminster MPs.

2012

January | February | March | April | May | JuneJuly | August | September | OctoberNovember | December

December  

19.12.2012 - The Assembly is recalled during the Christmas recess in order to debate regulations relating to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme

November  

21.11.2012 - A Supreme Court judgement rules that the provisions contained within the Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 are within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill will now be put forward to receive Royal Assent at a later date.

19.11.2012 - The Commission on Devolution in Wales ('The Silk Commission') publishes its Phase I report on fiscal powers 'Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial Powers to Strengthen Wales' (PDF, 2.08MB)

12.11.2012 -The first Welsh bill passed under the Assembly's new powers, The National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Act 2012, receives Royal Assent.

October  

03.10.2012 - The Assembly votes to pass the Official Languages (Wales) Bill into law. Following Royal Assent, Welsh and English will both become official languages of the Assembly. The Bill places a duty on the Assembly Commission to draw up a Welsh Language Scheme to ensure the equal status of both languages.

July  

03.07.2012 - The Assembly votes to pass its first Bill, the Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill.

June  

21.06.2012 - The Assembly votes to change its rules to further develop its law-making powers by changing its Standing Orders to allow for the introduction of Private Bills

March  

26.03.2012 - The Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Assembly.

January  

31.01.2012 - The Assembly Commission introduces its first Assembly Bill. The National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Bill will place a statutory duty on the Assembly and the Assembly Commission in relation to the provision of bilingual services.

18.01.2012 - The Senedd welcomes its millionth visitor since it opened in February 2006

10.01.2012 - The Assembly votes in Plenary to allow the first Member-proposed Assembly Bill to be introduced. AMs voted in favour of Ken Skates AMs proposal on continuity from care into adult life, giving their agreement for the proposal to be developed into a Bill. The AM now has nine months in which to formally introduce his Bill.

2011

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

December  

15.12.2011- Her Majesty the Queen approves and presents the Welsh Seal to the First Minister in Privy Council. The Seal will be placed upon each Act of the Assembly, signifying that the Queen has given Royal Assent to an Assembly Bill.

Further information on the Welsh Seal is available in a paper by the Research Service (PDF, 287KB)

November  

28.11.2011- The first Assembly Bill is introduced. The Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill is introduced by the Welsh Government.
 

04.11.2011 -The Silk Commission holds its first meeting at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Research Paper on the Silk Commission (PDF, 34KB)

03.11 2011 - A debate on the Silk Commission takes place in the House of Commons.

October  

11.10.2011 - The UK Government announces the membership and terms of reference of the Silk Commission to review the case for devolution of fiscal powers to the Assembly, and the powers of the Assembly.

The commission is to be chaired by Paul Silk, former Clerk to the National Assembly, and the other members are:

  • Dyfrig John CBE

  • Professor Noel Lloyd CBE

  • Professor Nick Bourne

  • Sue Essex

  • Rob Humphreys

  • Dr Eurfyl ap Gwilym.

July  

06.07.2011 - Eluned Parrott AM is sworn in as Assembly Member for the South Wales Central region.

June  

22.06.2011 - The new Committee structure of the Assembly is approved in Plenary.

(Committee Membership)

16.06.2011 - The Assembly appoints a Committee on Statutory Instruments and a Petitions Committee in Plenary

(Read record of proceedings)

08.06.2011 - The Assembly votes to agree the recommendation of the appointment of Theodore Huckle QC as Counsel General

(Read Record of Proceedings)

07.06.2011 - Official Opening of the Fourth Assembly by Her Majesty the Queen

(View event on Senedd TV)

May

25.05.2011 - The National Assembly for Wales appoints the four Assembly Commissioners, one from each political party. They are:

  • Sandy Mewies AM (Labour)

  • Angela Burns AM (Conservative)

  • Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru)

  • Peter Black AM (LIberal Democrats)

(Read Record of Proceedings)

13.05.2011 - First Minister announces his the Members of his Cabinet. The Welsh Ministers are as follows:

    Edwina Hart AM (MInister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science)
  • Lesley Griffiths AM (Minister for Health and Social Services)

  • Jane Hutt AM (Minister for Finance and Leader of the House

  • John Griffiths AM (Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development)

  • Leighton Andrews AM (Minister for Education and Skills)

  • John Griffiths AM (Minister for Environment and Sutainable Development)

  • Carl Sargeant AM (Minister for Local Government and Communities)

  • Huw Lewis AM (Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage)

It is also announced that the executive will be known as the Welsh Government. (First Minister's Statement)

11.05.2011 - The first Plenary session of the Fourth Assembly. Rosemary Butler AM is elected as Presiding Officer and, following a secret ballot, David Melding AM is elected as Deputy Presiding Officer. 

The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM is elected as First Minister. Tributes are also paid to the late Brynle Williams, Assembly Member for the North Wales Region.

(Read Record of Proceedings)

03.05.2011 -National Assembly for Wales elections take place

(Election results)

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