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Should the National Assembly for Wales change its name?

Purpose of the consultation

The Assembly Commission is seeking the views of Assembly Members, other stakeholders and members of the public on a proposal to change the name of the National Assembly for Wales.

Why now?

In July 2016, the Assembly debated whether it should change its name. It agreed that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament. The Assembly Commission ran a public consultation on this issue from 8 December 2016 to 3 March 2017. The consultation has now closed.

The power for the Assembly to change its name was devolved in the Wales Act 2017. The Act sets out a new constitutional framework for Wales. It is the latest in a series of changes to the powers of the Assembly since its establishment. The Assembly now works like any other Parliament and can pass laws for Wales and agree Welsh taxes.

More information about the changing role and responsibilities of the Assembly is available in the consultation document.

Next steps

In total, we received 2,821 survey responses from people of all ages and from all across Wales. 

The Consultation showed that the name that respondents felt best described the institution’s role and responsibility was: Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru.  We have agreed that we should, before the end of this Assembly, legislate to change the name of the institution to Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru. Members would be known as Welsh Parliament Members (WPM) / Aelodau o Senedd Cymru (ASC).

The Commission intends to publish the legislation to give effect to those reforms in 2018.

You can also keep up to date with the work of the Commission by following us on Twitter at @AssemblyWales. You can also keep up to date with the work of the Commission by following us on Twitter at @AssemblyWales.

Closing Date: 03 March 2017

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Assembly Commission Secretariat
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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