Wales Bill: Lords third reading

The Welsh flag.
19 January 2017

The Wales Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 18 January.

Members of the Lords discussed subjects including Welsh harbours and the cross-deployment of members of the Welsh tribunals.
 
The Bill now goes to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments.

Lords report stage day two: Tuesday 10 January

Members discussed apprenticeship levies, air duties for flights starting in Wales and the participation of Welsh fire and rescue authorities in maritime search and rescues responses.

Members of the Lords discussed apprenticeship levies, air duties for flights starting in Wales and the participation of Welsh fire and rescue authorities in maritime search and rescues responses. There were two divisions (votes) on proposed changes to the bill.

Members discussed an amendment that would give the Welsh Government powers to change laws on anti-social behaviour and dangerous dogs. Members voted on this change, with 90 in favour and 223 against, so the change was not made.

Peers then considered a change giving the Welsh Government powers to alter terms and conditions of employment and industrial relations for Welsh public sector workers. This amendment also went to a vote. 222 members voted for the change and 222 members voted against. Amendments are only made when there is a majority of members in favour of a change, so in this instance the change was not included.

Lords report stage day one: Wednesday 14 December

Members of the Lords discussed devolution of harbours, the franchising of rail passenger services and establishing a Justice Commission in Wales. There was one division (vote).

Members discussed a change to the bill that would have allowed public sector bidders to compete for Welsh rail franchises. There was a vote on this; 58 members were in favour of the change, with 153 against. This meant the change was not made.

Lords committee stage day four: Wednesday 23 November

Members discussed Welsh tribunals, including the role of the Welsh tribunals president.

Lords committee stage day three: Tuesday 15 November

Members discussed a range of subjects, including S4C, sea fishing and transport.

Lords committee stage day two: Monday 7 November

Members discussed levies on apprenticeships, the regulation of sea fishing and constitutional law.

Lords committee stage day one: Monday 31 October

Members discussed the establishment of two distinct legal jurisdictions in Wales and England, general election candidates for Welsh constituencies and the disqualification of Welsh Assembly members.

Lords second reading: Monday 10 October

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (Conservative), a former chief of staff to the Conservative party treasurer, made her maiden speech during this second reading debate.

Wales Bill summary

This bill will aim to:

  • amend the Government of Wales Act 2006 
  • outline the functions of the Welsh Ministers.

Further information

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