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Third Assembly    

 Picture of the Siambr interior, with dates 2007-2011 written across. This is headline image for Third Assembly events page

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

2007  |  2008  |  2009  |  2010  |  2011

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2011  

May      

05.05.2011 - National Assembly for Wales elections take place.

April   

01.04.2011 - Tributes are paid to the late Brynle Williams, Assembly Member for the North Wales Region.

March    

31.03.2011 - From midnight on 31 March 2011, the National Assembly for Wales entered a period of dissolution, the first such period of dissolution for the Assembly. During this period, there are no Assembly Members and no Assembly Business will take place.

February      

09.02.2011 - The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 receives Royal approval in Privy Council and becomes part of Welsh law.

January     

27.01.2011 - The Electoral Commisson lauches its nationwide public information campaign ahead of the referendum on the law-making powers of the Assembly.

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2010      

December   

15.12.2010 - The Referendum Order is made by the Queen in Privy Council, officially marking the start of the referendum period. The referendum will take place on 3 March 2011.

Dai Lloyd AMs Playing Fields (Community Involvement in Disposal Decisions) Measure 2010 also receives Royal approval in Privy Council, becoming the second backbench Member proposed Measure to become part of Welsh law.

07.12.2010 - The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2010 is approved by the Assembly in Plenary. (Read Record of Proceedings)

01.12.2010 - Jonathan Morgan AM is elected as Chair of the Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee.

November  

30.11.2010 - Changes made in Plenary to Committee membership. Jonathan Morgan AM and Nick Ramsay AM are elected to the Health and Wellbeing Committee, Darren Millar AM to the Public Accounts Committee and Davied Melding AM to Legislation Committee No.5. (Read Record of Proceedings)

25.11.2010 - The draft National Assembly for Wales Referendum (Assembly Act Provisions (Referendum Question, Date of Referendum etc) Order 2010 and the draft National Assembly for Wales Referendum (Assembly Act Provisions) (Limit on Referendum expenses, etc.) Order 2010 are approved by the House of Commons (Hansard) and House of Lords (Hansard)

24.11.2010 - The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Amendment of Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006) Order 2010 is approved by the House of Commons (Hansard)

22.11.2010 - Chief Secretary to the Treasury, The Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP, provides evidence to the Assembly's Finance Committee on the implications of the UK Government's Comprehensive Spending Review (Meeting Transcript, pdf)

17.11.2010 - Gerard Elias QC is appointed as the National Assembly for Wales' new independent Commissioner for Standards.

09.11.2010 - The draft National Assembly for Wales Referendum (Assembly Act Provisions) (Referendum Question, Date of Referendum etc) Order 2010 is agreed by the Assembly in Plenary (Read Record of Proceedings)

October    

21.10.2010 -  The order setting up the referendum on the legislative powers of the Assembly is laid by the Welsh Government. The draft National Assembly for Wales Referendum (Assembly Act Provisions) (Referendum Question, Date of Referendum etc) Order 2010 sets the date of the referendum poll as 3 March 2010 and sets out the question on the ballot paper.

14.10.2010 - The Assembly Remuneration Board meets for the first time (Read the Minutes)

06.10.2010 - Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso from the Kindgom of Lesotho visits the Assembly.

September    

30.09.2010 - President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, visits the Assembly (Read press release)

22.09.2010 - The National Assembly for Wales appoints the chair and members of the Assembly Remuneration Board.(Read press release)

02.09.2010 - ​The Electoral Commission publishes its report on the suggested referendum question of further legislative powers for the Assembly.

July   

21.07.2010 - The National Assembly for Wales (Remuneration) Measure 2010 becomes the first Assembly Commission proposed Measure to receive Royal approval. It provides for the establishment of an independent panel which will have future responsibility for setting Assembly Member salaries, allowances and pensions.

05.07.2010 - The Independent Commission on Funding and Finance in Wales (the Holtham Commission) publishes its report on the review of Government funding for Wales, Fairness and accountability: a new funding settlement for Wales.

02.07.2010 - Veronica German AM is sworn in as the new Liberal Democrat Member for the South Wales East region. She replaces Mike German who has been appointed to the House of Lords.

June   

​23.06.2010 - The Secretary of State for Wales writes to the Electoral Commission to invite its views on the intelligibility of the question and preceding statement for the proposed referendum submitted by the UK Government.

16.06.2010 - The new Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt. Hon. Cheryl Gillan MP, addresses the National Assembly for Wales ahead of a debate on the UK Government’s legislative programme.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

May     

27.05.2010 - The National Assembly for Wales launches a consultation into its Standing Orders ahead of the fourth Assembly.

19.05.2010 - The report of the Independent Review Panel on Bilingual Services is published. The recommendations of the report, which outlines the future direction for the Assembly’s bilingual services, are accepted by the Assembly Commission.

12.05.2010 - The Red Meat Industry (Wales) Measure 2010 becomes the 10th Assembly Measure to receive Royal approval.

06.05.2010 - Uk General Election. One sitting Assembly Member, Alun Cairns AM (Conservatives, South Wales Central) is elected to the UK Parliament as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan. No party has an overall majority in Parliament following the election. A Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition Government is formed.

March      

12.03.2010 - Jonathan Morgan AM’s proposed Legislative Competence Order relating to the provision of mental health services - the National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Health and Health Services) Order 2010 - becomes the first backbench Assembly Member-proposed Order to receive Royal approval from Her Majesty the Queen in Privy Council.

01.03.2010 - The newly refurbished Pierhead building opens. The venue contains exhibition spaces and can be used for public and Assembly events. A three day festival, The Pierhead Sessions, is held to mark the occasion.

The Assembly Committee on European and External Affairs holds a meeting at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels to take evidence from all four Welsh Members of the European Parliament.  (Read Committee meeting transcript)

February    

09.02.2010 - The Assembly votes on a motion in Plenary to recommend that there should be a referendum on the legislative powers of the Assembly.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

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2009  

December    

10.12.2009 - The new First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, announces his new Cabinet.

Membership is as follows:  

  • Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport – Ieuan Wyn Jones AM

  • Minister for Business and Budget – Jane Hutt AM

  • Minister for Health and Social Services – Edwina Hart AM

  • Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing – Jane Davidson AM

  • Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning – Leighton Andrews AM

  • Minister for Social Justice and Local Government – Carl Sargeant AM

  • Minister for Rural Affairs – Elin Jones AM

  • Minister for Heritage – Alun Ffred Jones AM

  • Deputy Minister for Skills, Innovation and Science – Lesley Griffiths AM

  • Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration – Jocelyn Davies AM

  • Deputy Minister for Social Services – Gwenda Thomas AM

  • Deputy Minister for Children – Huw Lewis AM

  • Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme – John Griffiths AM

  • Chief Whip – Janice Gregory AM

Carwyn Jones AM is appointed as the new First Minister of Wales in Plenary. (Read Record of Proceedings)

09.12.2009 - The National Assembly for Wales Commissioner for Standards Measure 2009 receives Royal approval, becoming the first Assembly Committee proposed Measure to do so.

08.12.2009 - The First Minister of Wales, the Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan AM, announces in Plenary that he is to step down as First Minister and as Leader of the Labour Party in Wales.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

November   

19.11.2009 - The first Assembly Commission proposed Measure – the National Assembly for Wales (Remuneration) Measure 2010 – is introduced

18.11.2009 - The report of the All Wales Convention on the Assembly’s law-making powers is published.

October    

15.10.2009 - Jenny Randerson AM’s Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure 2009 becomes the first backbench Assembly Member proposed Measure to receive Royal approval and become a part of Welsh law.

September       

30.09.2009 - The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP visits the National Assembly for Wales.

July 

16.07.2009 - The National Assembly for Wales publishes its Annual report for 2008-09.

14.07.2009 - The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament, Sir Harry Jenkins, visits the Assembly.

08.07.2009 - The Assembly Commission responds to the report of the Independent Review Panel and agrees to accept the report’s recommendations in full. (Read statement by the Llywydd)

06.07.2009 - The Report of the Independent Review Panel on arrangements for the financial support of Assembly Members, Getting it Right for Wales, is published.

June      

29.06.2009 - An online log of Assembly Members’ expenses claims is launched on the National Assembly for Wales’ website.  The Senedd welcomes its 750,000th visitor since it opened in February 2006

May   

12.05.2009 - The National Assembly for Wales celebrates its 10th anniversary

March     

25.03.2009 -  The First Assembly Committee proposed Measure is introduced. the Proposed National Assembly for Wales Commissioner for Standards Measure is introduced by the Assembly’s Standards Committee following a period of consultation.

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2008  

November      

26.11.2008 - Nerys Evans, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, becomes the first person to use the Welsh language in an official capacity at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

13.11.2008 - His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho visits the National Assembly for Wales. (Read press release)

October    

15.10.2008 - The President of Estonia, Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, addresses the Assembly.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

13.10.2008 - The full results of the National Assembly for Wales’ Public Attitudes survey 2008, which was carried out by Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Welsh Politics and GfKNOP, are published.

August    

22.08.2008 - ​Alun Ffred Jones AM is appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage, Welsh Language and Sport.

July    

18.07.2008 - The National Assembly for Wales publishes its inaugural Annual report for 2007-08.

09.07.2008 - The first Assembly Measure, The NHS Redress (Wales) Measure 2008 becomes law in Wales following approval in Privy Council by Her Majesty the Queen.

June    

26.06.2008 - HRH The Prince of Wales visits the Assembly to officially open Siambr Hywel. 

May   

06.05.2008 - The first Assembly measure is passed by the Assembly in Plenary. The NHS Redress (Wales) Measure 2008 becomes the first ever piece of primary legislation to be passed by the Assembly.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

April   

17.04.2008 - Siambr Hywel, the Assembly’s interactive learning centre which includes Europe’s first dedicated youth debating chamber, opens in the former Assembly debating Chamber in Ty Hywel.  (Read press release).

15.04.2008 - The Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, The Honourable Richard Torbay, visits the Assembly.

09.04.2008 - The first Legislative Competence Order transferring law-making powers in the area of special educational needs provision in Wales - The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order 2008 - receives Royal approval from the Queen in Privy Council.

March      

14.03.2008 -  The first Assembly Member-proposed Measure - the Proposed Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure - relating to healthy eating in schools, is introduced by Jenny Randerson AM

February     

18.02.2008 - The first Assembly Member-proposed Legislative Competence Order - the Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Health and Health Services) Order 2008 - relating to mental health services, is introduced by Jonathan Morgan AM.

05.02.2008 - The first Assembly Legislative Competence Order, The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order, relating to additional learning needs, is approved by the Assembly.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

January  

31.01.2008 -  The Vice President of the European Union, Margot Wallström, visits the Assembly and addresses a committee of the whole Assembly in the Siambr.

29.01.2008 - ​The proposed NHS Redress Wales Measure becomes the first Assembly Measure to complete the first stage of its process, following the Assembly’s agreement of the general principles of the proposed Measure in Plenary.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

17.01.2008 - First joint meeting held between an Assembly Committee and the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee to scrutinise the Welsh Government’s proposed Legislative Competence Order on Domiciliary Care. (Read Committee meeting transcript)

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2007   

November   

15.11.2007 - Helen Mary Jones AM is elected as the Chair of the Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee. (Read committee proceedings)

07.11.2007 - The Assembly agrees a motion to establish a North Wales Regional Committee. (Read Record of Proceedings)

October   

24.10.2007 - The Senedd welcomes its 500,000th visitor since it opened in February 2006.

16.10.2007 - The Assembly agrees a motion to establish a Children and Young People Committee and elects:

  • Lynne Neagle AM

  • Christine Chapman AM

  • Helen Mary Jones AM

  • Angela Burns AM

  • Eleanor Burnham AM

to the Committee. (Read Record of Proceedings)

September   

20.09.2007 - The first scrutiny session of a Welsh Government proposed Legislative Competence Order takes place. The Proposed Additional Learning Needs Order is scrutinised by a Committee of Assembly Members. (Read Committee meeting transcript)

The Assembly marks the 10th Anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum.

Chris Franks AM (Plaid Cymru) is appointed to the Assembly Commission, following Elin Jones AM’s appointment as Minister for Rural Affairs.  (Read Record of Proceedings)

18.09.2007 - Carwyn Jones AM is appointed Counsel General in Plenary (Read Record of Proceedings)

Appointments to Assembly Committees resulting from appointments to the Welsh Government Cabinet are also made in Plenary. (Read Record of Proceedings)

11.09.2007 - The Presiding Officer, Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM meets counterparts from the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly in the first such formal meeting since 2002.

July      

19.07.2007 - The One Wales coalition Cabinet is unveiled:  

  • First Minister: Rhodri Morgan AM

  • Deputy First Minister and Minister for Economy and Transport: Ieuan Wyn Jones AM

  • Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery: Andrew Davies AM

  • Minister for Social Justice and Local Government: Brian Gibbons AM

  • Minister for Education, Children and Young People: Jane Hutt AM

  • Minister for Rural Affairs: Elin Jones AM

  • Minister for Health and Social Services: Edwina Hart AM

  • Minister for Sustainability and Housing: Jane Davidson AM

  • Minister for Heritage: Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM

  • Counsel General and Leader of the House, Minister for Assembly Business and Communication: Carwyn Jones AM

  • Deputy Minister for Social Services: Gwenda Thomas AM

  • Deputy Minister for Housing: Jocelyn Davies AM

  • Deputy Minister for Skills: John Griffiths AM

  • Deputy Minister for Regeneration: Leighton Andrews AM.

11.07.2007 - Ieuan Wyn Jones AM is announced as Deputy First Minister and new Assembly Committee chairs announced (Read Record of Proceedings)

07.07.2007 - First Assembly Measure introduced – The proposed NHS Redress (Wales) Measure is introduced by the Welsh Government.

June    

​27.06.2007 - The Labour – Plaid Cymru One Wales agreement is announced.

26.06.2007 - New Assembly Committees elected and membership announced (Read Record of Proceedings)

12.06.2007 - The first Assembly Legislative Competence Order, (The proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order) is introduced. (Read Record of Proceedings)

06.06.2007 - National Assembly for Wales Commissioners elected:

  • Lorraine Barrett AM (Labour)

  • Peter Black AM (Liberal Democrats)

  • William Graham AM (Conservatives)

  • Elin Jones AM (Plaid Cymru).

  • The Commission is chaired by the Presiding Officer, Lord Elis-Thomas AM (Read Record of Proceedings).

05.06.2007 - HM The Queen officially opens the third term of the Assembly, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (Read Record of Proceedings).

May   

31.05.2007 - First Minister announces his new Cabinet for the third term of the Welsh Assembly Government:

  • Minister for Health and Social Services: Edwina Hart AM

  • Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language: Carwyn Jones AM

  • Minister for the Economy and Transport: Dr Brian Gibbons AM

  • Minister for Sustainability and Rural Development: Jane Davidson AM

  • Minister for Social Justice and Public Service Delivery: Andrew Davies AM

  • Minister for Budget and Business: Jane Hutt AM.

In addition to the six Cabinet posts above, the First Minister appoints

  • Carl Sargeant AM as Chief Whip and Deputy Business Minister.

First Minister appoints Deputy Ministers:

  • Economy and Transport (with special responsibility for regeneration): Huw Lewis AM

  • Health and Social Services (with special responsibility for Social Services): Gwenda Thomas AM

  • Social Justice and Public Service Delivery (with special responsibility for housing): Leighton Andrews AM

  • Education, Culture and Welsh Language (with special responsibility for skills): John Griffiths AM.

25.05.2007 - Rhodri Morgan AM is elected First Minister (Read Record of Proceedings)

09.05.2007 - First plenary meeting of Third Assembly held.

03.05.2007 - National Assembly for Wales elections take place.

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