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A stronger voice for Wales: engaging with Westminster and the devolved institutions

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into inter-institutional working in order:

  • To produce best practice principles for inter-institutional working for constitutional legislation.
  • To reflect and build on the work of other legislatures on inter-institutional working as it relates to broader policy areas.
  • To seek, establish and promote opportunities for inter-parliamentary working, including promotion of citizen engagement.


The inquiry will focus on two strands: 


Strand I: Constitutional matters

To review how inter-institutional relations have influenced development of Welsh devolution since 1998. This will include looking at:

  • How inter-governmental mechanisms have impacted on the development of the devolution settlement.
  • How inter-governmental relations have developed and evolved, what worked well and the impact these relations have had on the devolution settlement.
  • How inter-parliamentary relations have evolved, the current state of these relations and how they could be further developed in relation to the development and scrutiny of constitutional legislation.


Strand II: Policy matters

By building on the work previously undertaken across the UK to explore within the Welsh context:

  • The nature of relationships between the Welsh and UK Government, how these relationships function and how they can be improved.
  • Improving opportunities for improved policy learning between Governments and Parliaments.
  • Best practice in inter-institutional relations from across the UK which could be imported into the Welsh context.
  • The nature of the relationship between the Welsh and UK legislatures and to identify opportunities for effective inter-parliamentary working.
  • To cover any other matters that relate to inter-institutional relationships, including relevant implications of the UK leaving the EU.


Evidence gathering

The Committee has launched a public consultation to seek your views on this issue. The deadline for responses is 5 June 2017.


The Committee has also written to all Committee Chairs in the National Assembly to seek their views on how to improve inter-parliamentary working.


Passage of the Inquiry

The following table sets out the dates and contents of each of the evidence gathering sessions during the inquiry:


Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1. Lord Murphy of Torfaen

6 February 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 1

Watch Evidence Session 1 on Senedd TV

2. Sir Paul Silk

6 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 2

Watch Evidence Session 2 on Senedd TV

3. Baroness Randerson

13 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 3

Watch Evidence Session 3 on Senedd TV

4. Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd

13 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 4

Watch Evidence Session 4 on Senedd TV

5. Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM

20 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 5

Watch Evidence Session 5 on Senedd TV

6. Ieuan Wyn Jones

27 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 6

Watch Evidence Session 6 on Senedd TV

7. Lord Hain

8 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 7

Watch Evidence Session 7 on Senedd TV

8. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan

8 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 8

Watch Evidence Session 8 on Senedd TV

9. Sir Derek Jones

15 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 9

Watch Evidence Session 9 on Senedd TV

10. Professor Paul Cairney

22 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 10

Watch Evidence Session 10 on Senedd TV


Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 15/12/2016





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