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.
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:
Date, Agenda and Minutes
1. Rt Hon Lord Murphy of Torfaen
2. Sir Paul Silk
3. Baroness Randerson
4. Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd
5. Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
6. Ieuan Wyn Jones
7. Rt Hon Lord Hain
8. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan
9. Sir Derek Jones
10. Professor Paul Cairney
11. Elin Jones AM, Llywydd
12. Rt.Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
13. Philip Rycroft CB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union
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;
First published: 15/12/2016
- Report (PDF, 794KB) - 2 February 2018
- Report - Summary of evidence (PDF 912KB) - May 2018
- Report - The Citizen Panel (PDF 5MB) - May 2018
- Report - Inter-Institutional relations agreement between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government (PDF 232KB) - January 2019
- Letter from the First Minister to the Llywydd: International obligations which bind the UK - 3 July 2019
- Letter from the Rt Hon David Lidington MP to Bruce Crawford MSP: Parliamentary scrutiny of intergovernmental relations and common frameworks - 11 June 2019
- Letter to Bruce Crawford MSP - 17 May 2019 PDF 203 KB View as HTML (8) 30 KB
- Letter from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - 3 May 2019
- Letter to the Llywydd - 28 March 2019 PDF 83 KB
- Letter from Bruce Crawford MSP - 26 March 2019 PDF 173 KB View as HTML (11) 42 KB
- Letter from the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee to Lord Boswell – 12 February 2019 PDF 386 KB
- Letter to Lord Boswell - 11 February 2019 PDF 90 KB
- Inter-Institutional relations agreement between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government - January 2019 PDF 157 KB
- Letter from the Llywydd - 20 June 2018 PDF 155 KB
- Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance - UK governance post-Brexit – intergovernmental relations, 25 May 2018 PDF 204 KB
- Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance - 24 May 2018 PDF 51 KB
- Letter from Chloe Smith MP, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution) - 10 May 2018 PDF 221 KB
- Letter to Chloe Smith MP, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution) - 26 April 2018
- Letter from the Llywydd - 22 March 2018 PDF 283 KB
- Letter from the First Minister - 19 February 2018
- Press release: Llywydd and Committee Chair tell Westminster Committee “Wales’ voice must be heard clearly as we exit the EU”, and call for the establishment of a Speakers’ Conference – 5 February 2018
- Letter from the First Minister - 20 November 2017
- Letter from the Chair to the First Minister - 23 October 2017
- Response from Geth Williams, Deputy Director, Constitution, Wales Office on behalf of Philip Rycroft, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union - 26 October 2017 PDF 35 KB View as HTML (25) 5 KB
- Letter from the Secretary of State for Wales - 5 October 2017 PDF 38 KB
- Letter from the Learned Society of Wales - September 2017 PDF 209 KB View as HTML (27) 12 KB
- Letter from the British Academy - 25 July 2017 PDF 176 KB View as HTML (28) 15 KB
- Response from Prof. J P Bradbury, Swansea University - 4 July 2017 PDF 191 KB View as HTML (29) 17 KB
- Letter to Welsh Universities - 12 June 2017 PDF 216 KB
- Letter to Stakeholders - 25 May 2017 PDF 214 KB View as HTML (31) 19 KB
- Response from The Constitution Society - 2 July 2017 PDF 25 KB View as HTML (32) 6 KB
- Inter-governmental relations written agreement between the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government PDF 177 KB View as HTML (33) 32 KB
- Letter to Bruce Crawford MSP - 6 April 2017 PDF 199 KB
- Letter from the Leader of Newport Council - 21 March 2017 PDF 60 KB
- Letter to Leader of Newport Council - 13 March 2017 PDF 121 KB
- Letter from the Chair of the Committee to David Rowlands AM, 7 March 2017 PDF 121 KB View as HTML (37) 16 KB
- Statement by the Chair of the Committee - Plenary, 1 March 2017
- Statement by the Chair of the Committee - Plenary, 1 March 2017 (Senedd TV)
- Letter from the Committee to all Committee Chairs in the National Assembly, 17 January 2017 PDF 118 KB View as HTML (40) 16 KB
- * Following a resolution in Plenary on 29 January 2020, the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee became the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee.