draft Wales Bill was published by the UK Government on
20 October 2015. The publication of a draft Bill provided an
opportunity to scrutinise the proposals before formal introduction
of the Bill into the UK Parliament.
The purpose of the
inquiry by the Constitutional
and Legislative Affairs Committee into the UK
Government’s Draft Wales Bill was to examine, in
extent to which the proposed reserved powers model of legislative
competence is clear, coherent and workable, and will provide a
durable framework within which the Assembly can
tests for determining competence as set out in clause 3 and
Schedules 1 and 2 to the draft Bill;
extent to which the proposed new framework changes the breadth of
the Assembly’s competence to make laws;
proposed legislative powers available in specific subject areas as
a consequence of Schedules 1 and 2 to the draft
proposals for the Assembly to gain powers over its functioning (for
example in relation to its name, number of Assembly Members and
electoral powers for the Assembly);
additional powers to be given to the Welsh Ministers, especially to
make subordinate legislation;
proposals included in relation to the permanence of the Assembly
and Welsh Government;
proposals included in relation to the convention about the UK
Parliament legislating on devolved matters;
implications of the draft Bill for the constitution of the United
other matter related to the legislative powers needed for effective
law-making by the Assembly.
Committee held a public consultation to gather
evidence on this topic.
evidence includes correspondence from Committees of the National
Assembly for Wales, who considered how it may impact on the subject
areas which they are responsible for scrutinising.
Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee also took evidence
Welsh Affairs Select Committee also examined the draft
legislation. The two Committees took evidence together in the
9 November 2015.
Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee’s report
of its inquiry was published on 4 December 2015.
Read our summary on our inquiry into
the Draft Wales Bill.
A plenary debate was
held on the Draft Wales Bill report on 13 January 2016. You can
watch the debate again on
senedd.tv and you can also access the
Record of Proceedings.
More information on the Wales Bill is available on the Research