Capacity of the Assembly

Purpose of the consultation

The Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform was established in September 2019 to examine the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform in respect of the size of the Assembly and how Members are elected.


To inform its work on the capacity of the Assembly, it held a private discussion event on 6 January 2020 with people and organisations who work closely with the Assembly and its Members.


Three questions were discussed at the event:


  1. Does the Assembly have the capacity it needs to carry out its representative, scrutiny and legislative functions now and in the future?
  2. Would things be different if the Assembly had more Members? If so, how?
  3. If the Assembly continues to have 60 Members, what could it, its committees, its Members, political parties or others do differently to increase the Assembly’s capacity?


The Committee has published a note of the issues which were discussed [PDF, 255KB). If you would like to comment on the questions which were discussed or the issues which came up during the Committee’s discussions, you are welcome to complete an online form or email us at SeneddReform@Assembly.Wales. You are welcome to comment on all or some of the issues.


The deadline for responding is 27 March 2020.


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 Committee 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.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information


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

Contact details

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

Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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