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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Frequently Asked Questions
What subjects will the Assembly now be able to pass laws on? How is this different from before?
The subjects that the Assembly can pass laws on are set out in Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006. The subjects are broadly defined. For example, the Assembly will now be able to legislate on economic development and regeneration and on nearly all matters relating to the Welsh language rather than just some, as before the referendum.
Will the UK Government have any future say on law-making in devolved areas?
The Assembly can make laws on subjects in all of the 20 areas for which the Assembly Government has responsibilities, without needing the UK Parliament's agreement. The areas, include agriculture; education; the environment; health; housing and local government.
What kind of laws will the Assembly create?
That will be up to the Assembly and what Assembly Members decide to approve. The Welsh Assembly Government will set out its proposals for new Assembly Bills in due course.
Who will be able to introduce legislation for Wales?
Welsh Ministers acting on behalf of the Assembly Government, and individual Assembly Members acting on their own behalf or on behalf of Assembly Committees, will be able to introduce draft legislation, subject to the requirements of Standing Orders. (This is similar to the UK system where Bills can be introduced by Government or private members).
When will the Assembly be able to consider Assembly Bills?
The new Assembly elected in May will have the power to consider Assembly Bills from day one – but the Bills will have to be drafted first.
Will Assembly Acts cost more?
Moving to Assembly Acts will be cost neutral for both the Assembly and the Welsh Assembly Government. Time and expertise previously focused on Legislative Competence Orders and Assembly Measures will be freed up to focus on Assembly Bills.
How will the new process work?
The new process for Assembly Acts will be spelled out in the Assembly’s Standing Orders, which sets out how the Assembly’s business is handled.
What is the difference between an Assembly Act and an Assembly Measure?
Both of these can do anything a UK Parliament Act can do provided that it is in a devolved area. Both Assembly Measures and Acts must be passed by the Assembly. An Assembly Act can be made on a broader range of subjects than Assembly Measures could, and does not first require Parliament’s approval for the necessary legislative power to be granted to the Assembly by a Legislative Competence Order.
What is the difference between an Assembly Bill and an Assembly Act?
An Assembly Bill is a draft law. Once an Assembly Bill has been passed by the Assembly and gained Royal Assent it becomes an Assembly Act.
Will Welsh MPs and the UK Government still be able to make laws for Wales?
Yes. Only the UK Parliament will be able to make laws in areas that are not devolved, such as defence and immigration. The UK Parliament will not make laws for Wales on subjects where the Assembly already has powers, without obtaining the Assembly’s agreement that it can do so.