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Committee inquiry into the Draft Wales Bill

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee agreed to carry out an inquiry into the draft Wales Bill, published by the UK Government on 20 October 2015.  

We are extremely grateful to everyone for your views on the draft Bill which addressed the following points, which constitute our terms of reference for the inquiry:

To consider

  • the extent to which the proposed reserved powers model of legislative competence is clear, coherent and workable, and will provide a durable framework within which the Assembly can legislate;
  • the tests for determining competence as set out in section 3 and Schedules 1 and 2 to the draft Bill;
  • the extent to which the proposed new framework changes the breadth of the Assembly’s competence to make laws;
  • the proposed legislative powers available in specific subject areas as a consequence of Schedules 1 and 2 to the draft Bill;
  • the proposals for the Assembly to gain powers over its functioning (for example in relation to its name, number of Assembly Members and electoral powers for the Assembly); 
  • the additional powers to be given to the Welsh Ministers, especially to make subordinate legislation;
  • the proposals included in relation to the permanence of the Assembly and Welsh Government;
  • the proposals included in relation to the convention about the UK Parliament legislating on devolved matters;
  • the implications of the draft Bill for the constitution of the United Kingdom; and
  • any other matter related to the legislative powers needed for effective law-making by the Assembly. 

We are aware that the Welsh Affairs Select Committee are also undertaking an inquiry on the Bill. To avoid duplication, you are welcome to submit the same or a similar submission to our Committee as you are planning to submit (or have already submitted) to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry

The Committee welcomes responses in Welsh or English from both individuals and organisations.

Disclosure of information

The Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information can be accessed on the Assembly website. Please ensure that you have considered these details carefully before submitting information to the Committee. Alternatively a hard copy of this policy can be requested by contacting the Clerks on the numbers below.

Evidence from the Public

The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic

Supporting documents

Contact details

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

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee - Fourth Assembly
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565