The Wales Act 2017 marks the start of a new phase of devolution in Wales. It gives the National Assembly for Wales powers over new policy areas, including the Assembly’s own size, electoral system and internal arrangements.
The independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform published its report last year: A Parliament that Works for Wales. The Panel considered the Assembly’s capacity to deliver for the people of Wales, and concluded that with only 60 Members the Assembly is too small to carry out its functions effectively. The Panel also considered how Members should be elected, and what the minimum voting age should be for Assembly elections.
The Assembly Commission consulted the people of Wales between 12 February and 6 April 2018 on the Expert Panel’s recommendations, and on other reforms to the Assembly’s electoral and operational arrangements that could make the institution a more accessible and effective legislature.
Responses are being analysed. A report on the consultation and details of any further steps will be published on the Assembly’s website in due course.
Sign up to receive email updates about the Assembly Commission’s reform work.
Reason considered: Commission Business;
First published: 12/02/2018
Decision due: Meeting Date by Management Board