Capacity of the Senedd

The Committee on Senedd Electoral Reform undertook an inquiry to examine the recommendation of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform that the size of the Senedd should be increased to at least 80 Members, and preferably closer to 90 Members, by:

*        Identifying the implications for the capacity of the Senedd of any relevant changes in the roles and responsibilities of the Senedd and its Members, or the wider constitutional context, since the Panel reported in 2017;

*        Exploring how any change in the size of the Senedd would be implemented, including the potential impact of increasing the Senedd’s scrutiny capacity and the financial and other implications;

*        On the basis that the size of the Senedd will remain at 60 until at least 2026, considering whether there are any alternative measures which could be adopted in the short term to ensure the Senedd has the capacity it needs to carry out its representative, scrutiny and legislative functions.

Committee report

The Committee published its report, Senedd reform: The next steps (PDF, 5MB) in September 2020. It also published a summary of its recommendations (PDF, 113KB).

Engagement activity

The Committee undertook a stakeholder event on 6 January 2020. A note of the issues discussed [PDF, 255KB] has been published. The Committee held a consultation on the note of the issues discussed between 14 February 2020 and 20 April 2020.

Oral evidence

Evidence session

Date, agenda and minutes



1. Senedd Commission

Elin Jones MS, Llywydd

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Senedd

Anna Daniel, Senedd Commission

Matthew Richards, Senedd Commission

2 December 2019

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2. Academics

Professor Laura McAllister, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University

Professor Diana Stirbu, London Metropolitan University

Dr Hannah White, Institute for Government

20 January 2020

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3. Remuneration Board

Dawn Primarolo, Chair of the Remuneration Board

Anna Daniel, Senior Advisor to the Remuneration Board

20 January 2020

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 08/01/2020