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Government of Wales Bill
AIM
This bill enhances the legislative powers of the National Assembly for Wales and reforms the system for electing members.

MAIN PROVISIONS
TIMETABLE
Responsible department: Wales
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 8 Dec 2005
Second reading: 9 Jan 2006
Committee stage: 23, 24 & 30 Jan 2006
Remaining stages: 27 & 28 Feb 2006
Consideration of Lords amendments: 18 July 2006
LORDS:
First reading: 1 March 2006
Second reading: 22 March 2006
Committee stage: 19 April, 23 May & 6 June 2006
Report stage: 27 & 28 June 2006
Third reading: 13 July 2006
Consideration of Commons reasons: 24 July 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 25 July 2006
  • A separate legislature and executive would replace the corporate status of the assembly
  • Expanding the assembly's legislative powers
  • Changing the electoral system. For example Labour wants to prevent people from standing in first-past-the-post and list elections

    KEY VOTES
    18 July 2006 Consideration of Lords Amendments
  • Disagree with amendment (3) permitting candidates to stand both as individuals and on list for Assembly elections Ayes 294 Noes 213
  • Disgree with amendments (17, 21, 22) to limit retrospective orders which may alter previous effects of legislation Ayes 287 Noes 153
  • Disagree with amendment (18) to prevent Secretary of State's veto of Assembly votes for referendum Ayes 294 Noes 189

    27 June 2006 Lords Report stage

  • LibDem peer Lord Livsey of Talgarth proposes to ensure that there is cross-party representation on the Assembly Commission - agreed by 194 votes to 133.
  • Similarly, Tory peer Lord Henley suggests that the affiliation of committee members should reflect a balance of political parties - agreed by 181 votes to 131.
  • Another Tory amendment, tabled by Baroness Noakes, to permit renaming of the Audit Committee - agreed by 155 votes to 127.

    6 June 2006 Lords Committee stage

  • LibDem peer Lord Thomas of Gresford suggests certain caveats in the restriction of the competence of the Assembly - rejected by 134 votes to 56.

    27 Feb 2006 Commons Remaining stages

  • Tory amendments to the bill did not pass

    BACKGROUND
    The Welsh Labour Party backed these plans at a special conference in Cardiff in September 2004.


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