This Lords Library briefing provides background to the Wales Bill and highlights the key amendments made and discussions held during its passage through the Commons.Jump to full report >>
The Wales Bill seeks to implement those elements of the St David’s Day agreement that require legislative change and to introduce a clearer and more durable devolution settlement in Wales. The Bill would replace the current conferred powers model used by the National Assembly for Wales with a reserved powers model. The Bill includes the following:
No non-government amendments were made to the Bill during its passage through the Commons. Key issues discussed included the creation of a separate or distinct legal jurisdiction for Wales; the Bill’s requirement for justice impact assessments for Assembly bills; restrictions on the Assembly’s legislative competence for energy schemes over 350MW; and powers for the Welsh Assembly with regard to water supply and sewerage.
The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 13 September 2016 and is scheduled for second reading debate on 10 October 2016.
This Lords Library briefing provides background to the Bill and outlines its key provisions. In addition, it highlights the key amendments and discussions during the Bill’s passage through the Commons. It concludes with a summary of the scrutiny the Bill has received in the Welsh Assembly, produced in support of this briefing by the Research Service at the National Assembly for Wales.
Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0048
Author: Heather Evennett