Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill

A Government Emergency Bill, introduced by Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government.

 

An Emergency Bill is a Government Bill that needs to be enacted more quickly than the Senedd’s usual four stage legislative process allows. A definition of an Emergency Bill is not provided in the Government of Wales Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”) or in the Senedd’s Standing Orders, however Standing Order 26.95 states that:

 

“If it appears to a member of the government that an Emergency Bill is required, he or she may by motion propose that a government Bill, to be introduced in the Senedd, be treated as a government Emergency Bill.”

 

About the Bill

 

The Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill makes provision to respond to the potential risks to the ordinary general election for membership of Senedd Cymru arising from the coronavirus pandemic, with the objective of ensuring the election can be administered and proceed safely and that the electorate can participate and vote.

 

In terms of the Senedd, the provisions in the Bill will apply only for the ordinary general election due to be held on 6 May 2021 and will not apply to any subsequent elections.

 

The Bill also responds to the potential risks of coronavirus by enabling local government by-elections to be postponed beyond 6 May 2021 if required.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

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The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Senedd Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in Senedd Cymru

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the Senedd.

 

Stage

Documents

Motion to propose this be treated as a Government Emergency Bill

 

Motion to agree a timetable

 

Tabled 19 January 2021, for debate on 26 January 2021

Bill introduced: 27 January 2021

Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill, as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 19 January 2021

 

Bill summary

 

Statement by the Minister for Housing and Local Government: 27 January 2021

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee considered the Bill on the following date:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of Meeting

Transcript

Senedd.tv

1 February 2021

Oral evidence

 

View meeting

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee laid its report on the Bill on 2 February 2021. 

 

Welsh Government response to the Committee’s report, Annex – 3 February 2021      

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed in Plenary on 2 February 2021.

Financial Resolution

A financial resolution in relation to the Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill was agreed in Plenary on 2 February 2021.

 

Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

 

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

Stage 2 began immediately following the completion of Stage 1. Details of tabled amendments for consideration in the Committee of the Whole Senedd on 9 February 2021 are published here.

 

 

Notice of amendments – 4 February 2021

Purpose and effect table – 4 February 2021

Notice of Amendments – 5 February 2021

Marshalled list of amendments – 9 February 2021

Grouping of amendments – 9 February 2021

 

Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill, as amended at Stage 2

 

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

Stage 3 consideration will take place in Plenary on 10 February 2021 to consider amendments to the Bill (as amended at Stage 2).

 

The deadline for tabling amendments is 22.00 on 9 February 2021.

 

Notice of amendments – 9 February 2021

Purpose and effect table – 9 February 2021

Marshalled list of amendments – 10 February 2021

Grouping of amendments – 10 February 2021

 

Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill, as amended at Stage 3

 

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

The Bill was agreed by the Senedd on 10 February 2021.

 

Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill, as passed

 

Post-stage 4

 

Contact information

Clerk: Gareth Rogers

Phone: 0300 200 6357

 

Postal address:

Welsh Parliament

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1SN

 

Email: legislation@senedd.wales

 

Business type: Legislation

Status: For consideration

First published: 27/01/2021

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