National Assembly for Wales

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the National Assembly for Wales. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
31.07.2014Political Developments in Wales
This note provides an update on political developments in Wales between January 2013 and July 2014.
04.06.2014Wales Bill 2013-14: Progress of the Bill
The Committee Stage of the Wales Bill is summarised in this note.
02.04.2014Electoral arrangements in Wales
On 31 March 2014 the Wales Bill 2013-14 had its second reading in the House of Commons. In respect of the National Assembly for Wales the Bill changes the term of the Assembly to five years; allows candidates at Assembly elections to stand in both a constituency and a region at the same time and prohibits Assembly Members from sitting simultaneously as MPs. This Note provides background to the issue; details of the Green Paper; the debates following its publication; and the Welsh Affairs Committee's pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill.
28.02.2013Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
01.02.2013Political developments in Wales to December 2012
This note provides an update on political developments in Wales between January and December 2012. It updates the previous Library Standard Note (SN/PC/06177), Political Developments in Wales to December 2011.

Research Papers

DateDescription
30.10.2014CAP reform 2014-20: EU Agreement and Implementation in the UK and in Ireland (updated)
CAP reform 2014-2020 has been agreed and is now being implemented. This paper sets out stakeholder reaction and key implementation decisions for the four countries of the UK, and also of Ireland. It updates the November 2013 version which was prepared as government consultations on implementation were still on-going.
27.03.2014Wales Bill 2013-14
The Wales Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 20 March 2014; it is due to have its second reading on 31 March 2014. The Bill devolves some tax-raising powers to the National Assembly for Wales. Stamp duty and landfill tax are devolved, while a power is created to reduce income tax by 10 pence in the pound and put a Welsh rate of income tax in its place. The Bill allows these powers over income tax to be devolved only if they are approved in a referendum, the calling of which is subject to parliamentary approval and a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.
07.08.2012UK Election Statistics: 1918-2012
This paper presents an overview of results from UK elections since 1918, including elections to the House of Commons, the European Parliament, devolved bodies and local government.
19.05.2011National Assembly for Wales Elections: 2011
This Research Paper provides summary and detailed results of the fourth elections to the National Assembly for Wales, which took place on 5 May 2011.
01.02.2008Election Statistics: UK 1918-2007
This paper has been superseded by Research Paper 12/43, UK Election Statistics: 1918-2012.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
20.07.2010Wales and Whitehall.
Government response. Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
16.03.2010Wales and Whitehall.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
07.01.2010Review of the LCO process.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
24.11.2009ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE AND DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (No. 2)
That this House notes with concern proposals raised in the Shaping the Future of Care Together green paper to abolish attendance allowance and disability living allowance; further notes ...
24.11.2009DEVOLUTION OF YOUTH JUSTICE POWERS TO WALES
That this House welcomes the publication of a new report by the Howard League for Penal Reform and its key recommendations that youth justice powers be devolved to Wales; notes that ...
25.03.2008PROTECTION OF NHS STAFF IN WALES
That this House calls on the Government to make it its policy to amend the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill in order to ensure that the protections provided in the Bill for NHS ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
16.07.2014Wales Bill (HL Bill 34 of 2014-15)
The Wales Bill would provide for a range of measures in three key areas. The first is elections to the National Assembly for Wales, where the Bill would alter the length of the electoral term and rules on candidacy. Secondly, the Bill would make provision with regard to a number of financial matters, including the devolution of some tax-raising powers to the Welsh Assembly. Thirdly, the Bill would make provision with regard to housing revenue account debt in Wales, and to adjust the relationship between Welsh Ministers and the Law Commission.
12.07.2012Debate on 19 July: Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales
This Lords Library Note provides background information for the debate on 19 July on the Silk Commission considering the possible devolution of fiscal powers to the National Assembly for Wales.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses