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Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

A Committee Bill, introduced by Simon Thomas AM, Chair of the Finance Committee. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

 

About the Bill

The Bill includes provision which set out the new powers for the Ombudsman to:

  • accept oral complaints;
  • undertake own initiative investigations;
  • investigate private medical treatment including nursing care in a public/private health pathway;
  • undertake a role in relation to complaints handling standards and procedures.

 

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

 

Current Stage

Stage 1

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

 

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: 2 October 2017

Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF, 337KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF, 995KB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 2 October 2017 (PDF, 126KB)

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 2 October 2017 (PDF, 53KB)

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 consideration on 5 October 2017.

 

Public consultation. The Committee issued a call for evidence, which closed on 1 December 2017.

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Auditor General for Wales to the Chair of Finance Committee - 16 October 2017

 

Letter from the Chair of the Finance Committee to the Auditor General for Wales - 7 November 2017

 

Letter from Adam Price AM in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales - (28 November 2017) (Welsh Only)

 

Additional information provided by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in relation to scrutiny of the annual report

 

 

Additional information from the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

 

Additional information from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

 

Additional information from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill  

 

Additional information from Hospice UK in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

 

Expert Adviser Report for the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (22 January 2018)

 

Letter from Simon Thomas AM in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill (10 January 2018)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill (15 January 2018)

 

Additional information from Citizens Advice Bureau in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill (19 January 2018 )

 

Committee dates

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

5 October 2017

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

Private

Private

25 October 2017

Briefing (Private)

Private

Private

29 November 2017

Oral evidence sessions

Transcript

View meeting

7 December 2017

Oral evidence sessions

Transcript

View meeting

13 December 2017

Oral evidence sessions

Transcript

View meeting

11 January 2018

Oral evidence sessions

Transcript

View meeting

25 January 2018

Oral evidence sessions

 

 

To be confirmed

Private discussion of report contents

Private

Private

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

15 January 2018

Evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance

 

 

View meeting

15 January 2018

Evidence from the Chair of the Finance Committee

View meeting

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  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

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Naomi Stocks

Phone: 0300 200 6222

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff     CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddCommunities@Assembly.Wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 02/10/2017

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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