Legislative Consent: Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill

This is a matter where the consent of the Senedd is sought by the UK Government to legislate on an issue which could normally fall within the competence of the Senedd.


The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 1 May 2019.


The Bill seeks to amend the Census Act 1920 and the Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 to remove the penalty for not responding to new census questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.


The Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the Bill before the Senedd on 15 May 2019 (PDF, 74KB).


The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee published its report (PDF, 80KB) on the LCM on Monday 24 June 2019.


The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee published its report (PDF, 90KB) on the LCM on 24 June 2019.


The Senedd voted to give consent to the Bill on 2 July 2019. 


Business type: Legislative Consent

Reason considered: Government Business;

First published: 31/05/2019