Wales Bill was published by the UK Government on 20 October 2015.
The publication of a draft Bill provided an opportunity to scrutinise the
proposals before formal introduction of the Bill into the UK Parliament.
The purpose of the inquiry
by the Constitutional
and Legislative Affairs Committee into the UK Government’s Draft Wales Bill
was to examine, in particular:
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;
tests for determining competence as set out in clause 3 and Schedules 1
and 2 to the draft Bill;
extent to which the proposed new framework changes the breadth of the
Assembly’s competence to make laws;
proposed legislative powers available in specific subject areas as a
consequence of Schedules 1 and 2 to the draft Bill;
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);
additional powers to be given to the Welsh Ministers, especially to make
proposals included in relation to the permanence of the Assembly and Welsh
proposals included in relation to the convention about the UK Parliament
legislating on devolved matters;
implications of the draft Bill for the constitution of the United Kingdom;
other matter related to the legislative powers needed for effective
law-making by the Assembly.
held a public consultation to gather evidence
on this topic.
includes correspondence from Committees of the National Assembly for Wales, who
considered how it may impact on the subject areas which they are responsible
Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee also took evidence in formal
The UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Select Committee also examined the draft
legislation. The two Committees took evidence together in the Senedd on 9
and Legislative Affairs Committee’s report of its inquiry was published on
4 December 2015.
our summary on our inquiry into
the Draft Wales Bill.
plenary debate was held
on the Draft Wales Bill report on 13 January 2016. You can watch the debate
again on senedd.tv
and you can also access the Record
information on the Wales Bill is available on the Research Service webpages.