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Changing the Name of the National Assembly for Wales

The Senedd and Elections Act will change the name of the Assembly.


Changing the Name of the Assembly

In July 2016, Assembly Members agreed unanimously that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament.

Today's Assembly is a very different institution to the one established in 1999. Then, it had no primary law-making powers and was not formally separated from the Welsh Government; now, it has responsibility for making laws and holding the Welsh Government to account in some of the areas which have the greatest impact on people's lives.

The Assembly Commission consulted the public between 8 December 2016 and 3 March 2017.

The consultation showed that 61% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the Assembly should change its name. The Assembly Commission agreed to introduce a Bill to change the name along with other proposals.

The Bill has now become an Act and will change the name to 'Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament' on 6 May 2020.

Elected members will be known as Members of the Senedd.



Assembly reform programme

The National Assembly for Wales Commission has announced plans to take forward key elements of its programme to reform Wales’ parliament.  

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Name change consultation report

In total, we received 2,821 survey responses from people of all ages, from across Wales.

Analysis of consultation results (PDF, 5.35MB)

Creating a Parliament for Wales

Read the consultation document for more information.

Consultation document (PDF, 4.35MB)

Electoral reform

The Llywydd established an Expert Panel to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the future capacity of the Assembly. It reported in December 2017.

Find out more about the Panel





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