Section 36 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 and Standing Order 2 require the National Assembly to maintain and publish a Register of Members Interests of Assembly Members.
Members are required to register any relevant interests within eight weeks of taking the oath or affirmation and also register within four weeks any changes to those interests. Section 36(7)(a) of the Government of Wales makes it an offence for any Member to participate in proceedings of the Assembly without having registered a relevant interest as specified in the Annex to Standing Order 2.
Members are also required under Standing Order 4 to Record the time they spend in registrable activities; and under Standing Order 5 to record their membership of societies. Details of any record made under Standing Orders 4 and 5 are included within the Register of Members’ Interests (although they do not fall under the requirements of the Government of Wales Act).
On 17 June 2015, the Assembly approved changes to Standing Orders 2, 13 and 17 in relation to the Registration and Declaration of Members' Interests, These changes came into effect on 1 September 2015. The rules prior to 1 September 2015 are shown below for information: