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Decision details

Stage 3 Standing Order 26.44 debate on the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill

Decision Maker: Business Committee - Fourth Assembly, Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee - Fourth Assembly, Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

A Government Bill, introduced by Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities. Following a change in ministerial portfolios in March 2013, the First Minister authorised Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Local Government and Government Business, as the new Member in Charge of the Bill, from 18 March 2013. The Business Committee remitted the Bill to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The provisions of the Bill intended to reform the organisation and functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales.  The Bill also contained provisions which amended the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 in relation to the responsibilities of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales and the structure of local authority audit committees. 

Current Stage

The Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 (external link) became law in Wales (external link) on 30 July 2013.

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

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

 Stage

Documents

Bill introduced – 26 November 2012


Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 258KB)

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 257KB)

Presiding Officer’s Statement on Legislative Competence: 26 November 2012 (PDF 150KB)

Business Committee Report on the timetable for the consideration of the Bill (PDF 60KB)

Report on the revised timetable for consideration of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill – 7 December 2012 (PDF 29KB)

Written Statement by the Minister for Local Government and Communities: 26 November 2012

Plenary Statement: Introduction of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill: 27 November 2012

Research Service Bill Summary (PDF 375KB)

Legislative Glossary – Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill (Welsh language version only) (PDF 141KB)


Stage 1
- Committee consideration of general principles


Consultation letter (PDF 300KB)

Consultation responses

 

Letter from the Minister for Local Government and Communities: Response to issues raised during Committee on 9 January 2013 (PDF 375KB) and 6 February 2013 (PDF 449KB)

 


The Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

 

9 January 2013

17 January 2013

23 January 2013
31 January 2013
6 February 2013
21 February 2013 (private)

 

Committee Stage 1 report (PDF 742KB)

 

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee report (PDF 584KB)


Stage 1
- Debate in plenary on general principles


A debate took place in Plenary on 16 April 2013. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.



Financial Resolution


A Financial Resolution in relation to the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill was agreed in Plenary on 16 April 2013.



Stage 2 -
Committee consideration of amendments


Stage 2 consideration took place in Committee on 9 May 2013.

 

Concise Minutes: 9 May 2013.

 

Notice of Amendments 24 April 2013 (PDF 59KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 25 April 2013 (PDF 121KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 29 April 2013 (PDF 96KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 1 May 2013 (PDF 55KB)

 

Marshalled List of Amendments 9 May 2013 (PDF 136KB)

 

Groupings of Amendments 9 May 2013 (PDF 64KB)

 

Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill, as amended at Stage 2 (PDF 279KB) (Amendments to the Bill since the previous version are indicated by sidelining in the right margin.)

 

Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill - Revised Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 263KB)

 

Research Service Bill Summary 2 (PDF 136KB)


Stage 3
- Plenary consideration of amendments

 

Stage 3 consideration and disposal of amendments took place in Plenary on 18 June 2013.

 

Notice of Amendments 31 May 2013 (PDF 72KB)

Notice of Amendments 5 June 2013 (PDF 57KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 6 June 2013 (PDF 85KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 7 June 2013 (PDF 84KB)

 

Notice of Amendments 11 June 2013 (PDF 61KB)

 

Marshalled List of Amendments 18 June 2013 (PDF 156KB)

 

Groupings of Amendments 18 June 2013 (PDF 63KB)

 


Stage 4
- Passing of the Bill in Plenary

 
The Bill was agreed by the Assembly in accordance with SO 12.36 on 18 June 2013.

 

Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill, As Passed (PDF 234KB)

 

 


Date of Royal Assent

 
Royal Assent was given on 30 July 2013 (PDF 40KB).
 

 

Contact information

Clerk:
Bethan Davies

Phone:
0300 200 6565

Postal address:
National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1NA

Email: contact@assembly.wales

 

Decision:

The item started at 15.41

In accordance with Standing Order 26.36, amendments will be disposed of in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

The Amendments have been grouped for the purposes of debate and the groupings will be debated as follows:

1. Access to council meetings and council information

18, 1, 2, 3, 58, 8, 59

2. Members of the Boundary Commission

10


3. Technical

19, 46, 47, 49, 50

4. Electoral reviews

20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 57

5. Reviews of qualifying bodies

11, 12, 13, 14, 17

6. Payment to Presiding Members

51, 52, 56

 

7. Private Bills

53

8. Democratic services committee

4

9. Functions relating to salaries of heads of paid service

54, 9, 15*, 55

10.Independent Remuneration Panel Reports

16

11. Local Authority elections

5, 6, 7

* This amendment has been withdrawn

Voting was taken in the order set out in the Marshalled List of Amendments:

Amendment 18 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 10:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 10 was not agreed.

Amendment 19 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 20 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 21 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 22 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 23 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 24 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 25 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 26 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 27 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 28 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 29 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 30 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 31 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 32 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 33 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 34 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 35 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 36 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 37 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 38 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 39 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 40 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 41 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 42 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 43 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 44 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 45 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 46 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 47 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 48 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 49 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on Amendment 11:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 11 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 12:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 12 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 13:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

26

50

Amendment 13 was not agreed.

As Amendment 13 was not agreed, Amendment 17 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 14:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 14 was not agreed.

Amendment 50 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 51 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 52 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 53 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

As Amendment 2 was not agreed, Amendment 8 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 58:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 58 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

27

51

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

Amendment 54 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on Amendment 9:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

40

52

Amendment 9 was not agreed.

Amendment 15 was withdrawn prior to the meeting.

A vote was taken on Amendment 16:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 16 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

39

53

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

13

0

39

52

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 7 was not agreed.


Amendment 59 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 55 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 56 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 57 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

All sections and schedules of the Bill were deemed agreed, concluding Stage 3 proceedings.

Publication date: 18/06/2013

Date of decision: 18/06/2013

Decided at meeting: 18/06/2013 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly

 

 

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