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Creating a Parliament for Wales

Response to the consultation

Consultation results

Purpose of the consultation

The Assembly Commission wanted to hear views on how the electoral, operational and internal arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales could be changed.

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 in December 2017: 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 sought views 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.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about this consultation and the Assembly Commission’s reform work in our frequently asked questions.


A number of consultation events were held enabling the public to put questions to Llywydd, Elin Jones AM.

  • 12/03/2018, Swansea University
  • 15/03/2018, Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
  • 22/03/2018, Bangor University
  • 23/03/2018, Ramada Plaza, Wrexham

Responding to the consultation

There were different ways to let the Assembly Commission know views about the potential reforms:

Consultation results

A full consultation report has been published, as well as a summary report and an Easy Read version.

More information is available on the main Assembly reform page.

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Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English. In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Assembly Commission requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only. We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Assembly Commission.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Assembly Commission Secretariat
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565