UK governance post-Brexit

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee* undertook an inquiry into inter-institutional working in order:

  • To produce best practice principles for inter-institutional working for constitutional legislation.
  • To reflect and build on the work of other legislatures on inter-institutional working as it relates to broader policy areas.
  • To seek, establish and promote opportunities for inter-parliamentary working, including promotion of citizen engagement.


During the course of the inquiry the Committee decided to change the name of the inquiry from “A stronger voice for Wales: engaging with Westminster and the devolved institutions” due to the evolving nature of the its work and the UKs decision to leave the EU. 


The inquiry focused on two strands: 


Strand I: Constitutional matters

To review how inter-institutional relations have influenced development of Welsh devolution since 1998. This included looking at:

  • How inter-governmental mechanisms have impacted on the development of the devolution settlement.
  • How inter-governmental relations have developed and evolved, what worked well and the impact these relations have had on the devolution settlement.
  • How inter-parliamentary relations have evolved, the current state of these relations and how they could be further developed in relation to the development and scrutiny of constitutional legislation.


Strand II: Policy matters

By building on the work previously undertaken across the UK to explore within the Welsh context:

  • The nature of relationships between the Welsh and UK Government, how these relationships function and how they can be improved.
  • Improving opportunities for improved policy learning between Governments and Parliaments.
  • Best practice in inter-institutional relations from across the UK which could be imported into the Welsh context.
  • The nature of the relationship between the Welsh and UK legislatures and to identify opportunities for effective inter-parliamentary working.
  • To cover any other matters that relate to inter-institutional relationships, including relevant implications of the UK leaving the EU.


Evidence gathering

The Committee launched a public consultation to seek your views on this issue. The deadline for responses was 5 June 2017.


The Committee also wrote to all Committee Chairs in the National Assembly to seek their views on how to improve inter-parliamentary working.


Passage of the Inquiry

The following table sets out the dates and contents of each of the evidence gathering sessions during the inquiry:


Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1. Rt Hon Lord Murphy of Torfaen

6 February 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 1

Watch Evidence Session 1 on Senedd TV

2. Sir Paul Silk

6 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 2

Watch Evidence Session 2 on Senedd TV

3. Baroness Randerson

13 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 3

Watch Evidence Session 3 on Senedd TV

4. Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd

13 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 4

Watch Evidence Session 4 on Senedd TV

5. Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

20 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 5

Watch Evidence Session 5 on Senedd TV

6. Ieuan Wyn Jones

27 March 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 6

Watch Evidence Session 6 on Senedd TV

7. Rt Hon Lord Hain

8 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 7

Watch Evidence Session 7 on Senedd TV

8. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan

8 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 8

Watch Evidence Session 8 on Senedd TV

9. Sir Derek Jones

15 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 9

Watch Evidence Session 9 on Senedd TV

10. Professor Paul Cairney

22 May 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 10

Watch Evidence Session 10 on Senedd TV

Stakeholder Session

19 June 2017

Read transcript of Roundtable Session

Watch Roundtable Session on Senedd TV

11. Elin Jones AM, Llywydd

3 July 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 11

Watch Evidence Session 11 on Senedd TV

12. Rt.Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

25 September 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 12

Watch Evidence Session 12 on Senedd TV

13. Philip Rycroft CB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union

25 September 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 13

Watch Evidence Session 13 on Senedd TV


The Committee published its report (PDF, 794KB) in February 2018. The report and government response was debated in Plenary on 28 February 2018. 

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 15/12/2016