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Content published before December 2016

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.

Commons Briefing Papers

25.10.2016Local, 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.
09.09.2016Wales Bill 2016-17: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the committee stage of the Wales Bill 2016-17 in the House of Commons.
25.07.2016Transport in Wales
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals by the Silk Commission and in the Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
13.06.2016Wales Bill 2016-17
Briefing paper for the second reading of the Wales Bill 2016-17.
19.05.2016National Assembly for Wales Elections: 2016
It was the first Assembly election when all three UK-wide parties: Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats lost seats. Labour fell short of a majority and won 29 of the 60 seats in the National Assembly. The Conservatives, for the first time, did not increase their seat count loosing 3 seats.
23.11.2015Electoral arrangements in Wales
This House of Commons Library paper describes the devolution of electoral arrangements to Wales. The draft Wales Bill published on 20 October 2015 is the latest development in this process. The paper looks at developments since 2012 and discusses debates about the number of constituencies in Wales.
04.03.2015Wales: Current devolution proposals 2014
This note traces proposals for further Welsh devolution, including a change to a reserved powers model
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.
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.

Lords Library Notes

04.10.2016Wales Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
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.
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 3: Home, Legal, Constitutional and Devolved Affairs
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
11.03.2016Devolved Legislature Elections, 5 May 2016: Background
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information relating to the elections for the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 5 May 2016.
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.

Select Committee Reports

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

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses