The Wales Bill was published by the UK Government on 7 June 2016. Its principal purpose was to amend the Government of Wales Act 2006 to move to a reserved powers model of law-making for the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill received Royal Assent as the Wales Act 2017 on 31 January 2017.
The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee agreed to undertake scrutiny of the Bill and to consider and report on any matter relevant to the UK Government’s Wales Bill introduced into the House of Commons on 7 June 2016 and in particular the extent to which:
(i) the draft Wales Bill had been amended following pre-legislative scrutiny to contain the following:
(ii) the proposed reserved powers model of legislative competence is clear, coherent and workable, and will provide a durable framework within which the Assembly can legislate.
Evidence from the Public
On 11 July 2016 the Committee launched a live debate on Loomio. This platform was an opportunity to gather the Committee and stakeholders together to discuss, debate and share ideas on the Bill as it progressed through the UK Parliament.
The Committee’s report
The Committee reported (PDF, 1MB) in October 2016. A supplementary booklet (PDF, 11MB) containing all consultation responses was also made available. You can also read a summary version of our report.
The Committee met with the House of Lords Constitution Committee on 12 October to discuss the Bill.
Legislative Consent Memorandum
The Welsh Government tabled a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Wales Bill [PDF, 240KB] and accompanying written statement [PDF, 44KB] on Monday 21 November 2016. The Legislative Consent Memorandum was referred to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee by the Business Committee on 22 November 2016 with a reporting deadline of 12 January 2017.
The Committee reported [PDF, 128KB] on 13 December 2016.
The Welsh Government subsequently tabled a Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum [PDF, 116KB] and accompanying written statement [PDF, 163KB] on 10 January 2017 and a Revised Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum [PDF, 32KB] on 13 January 2017 which was withdrawn and re-tabled [PDF, 119KB] on 16 January 2017. These supplementary legislative consent memoranda were not considered by the Committee.
The Assembly considered a Legislative Consent Motion for the Bill during Plenary on 17 January 2017.
The Bill received Royal Assent on 31 January 2017.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 15/06/2016
Decision due: Meeting Date by Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee