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Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014

A Government Bill, introduced by Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills. Following a change in ministerial portfolios in June 2013, the First Minister authorised Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, as the new Member in Charge of the Bill, from 26 June 2013.


The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Children and Young People Committee.


About the Bill


The purpose of the Bill is to seek to enhance the autonomy and decision making abilities of Further Education Institutions by removing and modifying existing legislative controls on them.


The Bill also gives effect to the Welsh Government policy to allow data relevant to student grants and loans to be shared by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) with the Welsh Ministers and anyone to whom the Welsh Ministers delegate or transfer functions. The data sharing gateway is an integral part of a project to modernise the Student Finance Wales delivery service to simplify and create efficiencies in that service.


Current Stage

The Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014 (external website) became law in Wales (external website) on 27 January 2014.

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.



Bill introduced – 29 April 2013

Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF, 98KB)


Explanatory Memorandum (PDF, 211KB)


Presiding Officer’s Statement: 29 April 2013 (PDF, 116KB)


Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 29 April 2013 (PDF, 61KB)


Plenary statement: Introduction of the Further and Higher Education (Wales) Bill: 30 April 2013


Research Service Bill Summary (PDF, 583KB)


Legislative Glossary – Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill (Welsh language version only) (PDF, 131KB)


Stage 1
- Committee consideration of general principles


Consultation letter – The Committee has issued a call for evidence which closed on 31 May 2013. (PDF, 155KB)


Consultation responses


Correspondence relating to the Bill

The Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:


1 May 2013 (private)

15 May 2013

23 May 2013

5 June 2013

13 June 2013

19 June 2013

3 July 2013 (private)

11 July 2013 (private)


Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee report (PDF, 2.4MB)


Committee Stage 1 Report (PDF, 718KB)



Stage 1
- Debate in plenary on general principles

A debate took place in Plenary on 24 September 2013. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.

Financial Resolution


A Financial Resolution in relation to the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill was agreed in Plenary on 24 September 2013.

Stage 2
- Committee consideration of amendments

Stage 2 consideration took place in Committee on 24 October 2013.

Concise Minutes: 24 October 2013

Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill, as amended at Stage 2 (Amendments to the Bill since the previous version are indicated by sidelining in the right margin.) (PDF, 100KB)

Research Service Bill Summary of changes made at Stage 2 (PDF, 119KB)

Notice of Amendments: 10 October 2013 (PDF, 57KB)

Notice of Amendments: 15 October 2013 (PDF, 58KB)

Notice of Amendments: 17 October 2013 (PDF, 70KB)

Marshalled List of Amendments: 24 October 2013 (PDF, 87KB)

Grouping of Amendments: 24 October 2013 (PDF, 62KB)

Stage 3
- Plenary consideration of amendments

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

Notice of Amendments: 12 November 2013 (PDF, 60KB)

Notice of Amendments: 13 November 2013 (PDF, 53KB)

Notice of Amendments: 19 November 2013 (PDF, 62KB)

Notice of Amendments: 21 November 2013 (PDF, 74KB)

Notice of Amendments: 25 November 2013 (PDF, 52KB)

Notice of Amendments: 26 November 2013 (PDF, 55KB)

Marshalled List of Amendments: 26 November 2013 (PDF, 90KB)

Grouping of Amendments: 26 November 2013 (PDF, 68KB)

Stage 4
- Passing of the Bill in Plenary

The Bill was agreed by the Assembly in accordance with SO 12.36 on 3 December 2013.

Bill as passed (PDF, 99KB)

Royal Assent

Royal Assent (PDF, 40KB) was given on 27 January 2014.


Contact information


Clerk: Marc Wyn Jones
Phone: 029 2089 8505


Second Clerk: Gareth Rogers


Postal address:


National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay


CF99 1NA



Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 29/04/2013

Lead member: Huw Lewis AM




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