Legislative Consent: Online Safety Bill

The Online Safety Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the House of Commons on 17 March 2022.

 

The long title to the Bill notes that it is a Bill to “make provision for and in connection with the regulation by OFCOM of certain internet services; for and in connection with communications offences; and for connected purposes.”

 

The Bill is subject to the legislative consent process under Standing Order 29. This is when the consent of the Welsh Parliament is sought by the UK Government to legislate on an issue which falls  within the competence of the Senedd.

 

Legislative Consent Memorandum – March 2022

The Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) (PDF 82KB) on the Bill before the Senedd on 30 March 2022.

 

The Business Committee agreed (PDF 38.1KB), in accordance with Standing Order 29.4(i), to invite the Culture, Communications, Welsh Language, Sport, and International Relations Committee and the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to consider and report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Online Safety Bill, to the Senedd, by 21 July 2022.

 

The Culture, Communications, Welsh Language, Sport, and International Relations Committee laid its report (PDF 152KB) on 24 June 2022.

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee laid its report (PDF 128KB) on 28 June 2022.

Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum – September 2022

On 28 September 2022, the Welsh Government laid a Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum (PDF 123KB).

Business type: Legislative Consent

Status: For consideration

First published: 31/03/2022