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The advanced search filters allow you to narrow the criteria for your search. You are able to filter search results on the following criteria:



​Select which Assembly's information you would like to be returned in your results. Select 'All' to return relevant content form all Assemblies.



​Select the type of document or information you would like to be returned. A list of categories available on the Assembly business section search can be found below.


​Date range:

Using the 'Start date' and 'End date' fields will narrow the results of your search to a specific period of time. No imformation from dates before or after those you specify will be returned. 


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Assembly business search categories


Business Statements


The Business Statement and Announcement is a particular type of statement made weekly in Plenary by the Minister responsible for government business. The Business Statement and Announcement outlines the future business of the Assembly up to three weeks in advance.  


Deposited Papers


The deposit of papers in the Library usually, though not always, arises as a result of a Ministerial commitment made in response to an Assembly Question, or in the course of an Assembly debate or committee meeting. Whilst Assembly Members, other than members of the Government, are not permitted to deposit documents in the Library, they may put forward a case for papers referred to in Assembly proceedings to be placed in the Library under the authority of the Presiding Officer.


Laid Documents


Standing Order 15 provides for the laying of documents before the Assembly. Laying is the formal procedure by which documents are presented to the Assembly.


Motions and Amendments


A motion is a proposal made for the purpose of obtaining a decision from the Assembly. Except where standing orders provide otherwise, Members may propose amendments to any motion.


Oral Questions


Oral statements are made by Government Ministers on issues of interest and importance to the Assembly. The Presiding Officer or Deputy Presiding Officer, Assembly Commissioners or other AMs with particular responsibilities (e.g. AMs proposing legislation) may also make statements. Most statements are subject to questioning by Members and are usually allocated a maximum time on the Plenary Agenda.


Plenary Agendas and Decisions


Plenary is the meeting of the whole Assembly which takes place in the Siambr, the Senedd's debating chamber. Plenary is chaired by the Presiding Officer and is the main forum for Assembly Members to carry out their roles as democratically elected representatives.


Here you will find agendas and decisions relating to plenary meetings. The agendas of Plenary meetings prior to the fourth Assembly can be viewed by selecting 'Plenary agendas (1999 - 2011)'.


Record of Proceedings


Transcripts of Plenary meetings are published within 24 hours of the end of the meeting.


Statements of Opinion


Statements of Opinion can be tabled by any Assembly Member, other than a Member of the Government, on matters affecting Wales. Statements of Opinion may be supported, opposed or subject to comment.


Written Questions


Written Questions are tabled for a Welsh Minister or the Counsel General, on matters relating to his or her responsibilities, and the Commission on matters relating to the Commission’s responsibilities.

Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published once they are received in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.


Written Statements 


Written statements can also be issued by the Government or the Commission on any matter within their respective responsibilities. They usually relate to technical matters or matters which do not warrant an oral statement in Plenary. The Welsh Government and Assembly Commission usually send any written statements directly to Members by e-mail. All written statements are published in the Report of Proceedings.


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