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Written Statement - Report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

I am pleased to lay before the Assembly today, the first annual report on the Welsh Government’s implementation of Law Commission proposals.  

Under Section 3C of the Law Commissions Act 1965, as inserted by Section 25 of the Wales Act 2014, the Welsh Ministers are required to report annually on the extent to which Law Commission proposals relating to Welsh devolved matters have been implemented. The Wales Act 2014 gained Royal Assent on 17 December 2014, and Section 25 came into force on 17 February 2015.

The Welsh Government is committed to Welsh legislation that is consistent with the rule of law, is effective and is accessible to the ordinary citizen. The work of the Law Commission is a crucial component of this endeavour, and I am pleased that the Wales Act 2014 and the protocol now place this on a statutory basis.

This report demonstrates that the Welsh Government is implementing the excellent work of the Law Commission. For the first time in the history of the Law Commission, the Twelfth Programme of Law Reform includes projects that relate solely to Welsh devolved matters.  I look forward to the outcome of both the review of planning law in Wales, as well as the advisory project on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales. I believe these projects will lead to the implementation of further Law Commission proposals over the coming years.