Creating a Parliament for Wales
- This consultation has completed. It ran from Monday, 12 February 2018 to Friday, 6 April 2018
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Response to the consultation
- Full consultation report (PDF 1.1MB) PDF 2 MB
- Easy Read consultation report (PDF 1.78MB) PDF 2 MB
- Summary report (PDF 1.51MB)
- Llywydd's written statement, July 2018 (PDF 238KB)
- Llywydd's written statement, October 2018 (PDF 240kb)
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:
- Visiting the consultation microsite, and filling in an online survey.
- Reading the consultation document or easy read document, and emailing or posting a completed consultation response form or easy read response form.
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.
- Consultation Document
- Consultation Response Form
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Easy Read
- Easy Read Consultation Document
- Easy Read Response Form
- Event Presentation PDF 983 KB
- Event Video
Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Assembly Commission Secretariat
National Assembly for Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565