Residential Outdoor Education (Wales) Bill

A Senedd Member Bill introduced by Sam Rowlands MS who was successful in a legislative ballot on 13 July 2022. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

 

A group of school children walking in an autumnal woods.

 

About the Bill

The purpose of the Bill is to enable all pupils in maintained schools to experience residential outdoor education. The Welsh Ministers will have a duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure a course of residential outdoor education is provided once to all pupils in maintained schools, free of charge.

 

Terms of Reference

To consider:

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>>> The general principles of the Residential Outdoor Education (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation to deliver the stated policy intention; 

>>> Whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill; 

>>> Any potential barriers to the implementation of the Bill’s provisions and whether the Bill and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum and Regularly Impact Assessment takes account of them (including commencement and the United Kingdom Internal Market Act);

>>> The financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum);

>>> The appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Chapter 5 of Part 1 of the Explanatory Memorandum);

>>> Matters relating to the competence of the Senedd including compatibility with the European Convention of Human Rights;

>>> The balance between the information contained on the face of the Bill and what is left to subordinate legislation; and

>>> Any matter related to the quality of the legislation.

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Further detail about the Bill (PDF 90KB) can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1.8MB).

 

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 the Welsh Parliament

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

 

¬¬¬Stage 1 (Current)

The Children, Young People and Education Committee agreed the approach to Stage 1 on 29 November 2023

 

Oral Evidence Schedule (PDF 54KB)

 

Bill Summary (PDF 3,2KB)

 

The consultation closed on 19 January; all responses are available.

 

In December a series of focus groups took place to gather the views of parents and carers on the Bill proposals, a summary of the findings has been published. (PDF 398KB)

 

Committee dates

The Children, Young People and Education Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

29 November 2023

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

06 December 2023

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

14 December 2023

Oral evidence Sessions

Transcript

View meeting

11 January 2024

Oral evidence Sessions

Transcript

View meeting

24 January 2024

Oral evidence Sessions

Transcript

View meeting

01 February 2024

Oral evidence Sessions

Transcript

View meeting

7 March 2024

Private discussion

 

 

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

22 January 2024

Evidence Session – Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Transcript

View meeting

5 February 2024

Evidence Session – Sam Rowlands MS, Member in charge

Transcript

View meeting

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

7 February 2024

Evidence Session – Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Transcript

 View meeting

22 February 2024

Evidence Session – Sam Rowlands MS, Member in charge

Transcript

View Meeting

 

Correspondence

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>>>Letter from Sam Rowlands MS, Member in Charge of the Bill – 23 January 2023 (PDF 194KB)

 

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¬¬¬Bill introduced (24 November 2023)

Residential Outdoor Education (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 90KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1.8MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 24 November 2023 (PDF 203KB)

 

Statement of Policy Intent (PDF 49KB)

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 24 November 2023 (PDF 38KB)

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Contact information

Clerk: Naomi Stocks

Phone:0300 200 6565

 

e-mail: SeneddChildren@senedd.wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 16/11/2023

Documents

Consultations