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Holding the Welsh government to account

Effective scrutiny of a government’s work is at the heart of any democratic process, and this work is undertaken by the National Assembly through a number of committees made up of Assembly Members from all political parties.

As part of their role in holding the Welsh Government to account, Assembly committees critically examine issues such as how the government is spending public money and how it is implementing policies. In short, the National Assembly, through these scrutiny committees make sure that the Welsh Government, on behalf of the people of Wales, is accountable for its actions.

Committees recommend ways in which (for example) government policies could be more robust and its expenditure more effective, efficient and economical. Committees engage proactively and innovatively with individuals and organisations which can articulate the voice and experience of the people of Wales.

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