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Making Laws in Wales

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The purpose of the inquiry by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee is to consider how laws are being made in the Fourth Assembly, in particular by:

  • considering the principles applied to the legislative drafting of Members’ Bills, and amendments, for the Assembly and identifying respects in which they conform with or depart from best practice in the United Kingdom and comparable jurisdictions;
  • considering the impact of legislative competence on the drafting of Bills (including the possible impact of alternative methods of defining legislative competence);
  • reviewing the purpose and effect of Explanatory Memoranda which accompany Bills, and other explanatory or background material;
  • reviewing the effectiveness of the opportunities provided by Standing Orders for the scrutiny of Bills;
  • considering the time allowed for the scrutiny of Bills, and other matters relating to Bill procedure;
  • reviewing the scope and effectiveness of arrangements for “fast-tracking” Bills within the existing Assembly procedures;
  • considering the capacity of the Welsh Government and National Assembly to legislate;
  • considering issues relating to the management by the Welsh Government of its legislative programme; 
  • considering any other matters relating to the making of legislation;

          making recommendations.


The consultation is now open until 30 June 2014.  The consultation letter provides general and more detailed questions that you may wish to consider in responding.   Further information and details on how to respond can be found at Annexe 2 in the consultation letter.

Supporting documents

Contact details

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

P Gareth Williams
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 029 2089 8008