Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry Page - Proposed Legislative Competence Orders in Council: Relating to Vulnerable Children

The Government of Wales Act 2006 introduced a process enabling the National Assembly for Wales further to enhance its law-making powers by a new procedure known as Legislative Competence Orders in Council (LCO).

At its meeting on 31 March the Welsh Affairs Committee decided formally to accept the Secretary of State’s invitation to the Committee to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed Order dealing with vulnerable children. The proposed Order, together with an explanatory memorandum by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published as a Command Paper by the Wales Office in March (Cm 7343) and can be found on the Wales Office website at:


Memoranda submitted


The Committee has published its Special Report on LCO Social Welfare and other Fields on Wednesday 23 July 2008, as the Fourth Special Report of Session 2007-08 (HC 993)


The Committee has published its 5th Report on the Social Welfare (Vulnerable Children) LCO on Thursday 26 June 2008 at 10.00 am

Chairman's Comments.


Thursday 15 May 2008 (uncorrected) HC 576-i

Oral evidence from Maria Battle, Deputy Children’s Commissioner for Wales; Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Social Services, and officials,  Welsh Assembly Government; and Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office


26/06/2008   Report Published
09/05/2008   Oral evidence session
03/04/2008   Announcement of Inquiry