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Welsh laws

We can make laws in Wales. Welsh laws are officially known as Assembly Bills. They apply only to Wales and not to other parts of the UK.

The Assembly is able to pass Assembly bills, following from a yes vote in the referendum on the law making powers of the National Assembly for Wales.

The National Assembly for Wales debates and passes these laws, which are often proposed by the Welsh Government. However, any Assembly Member, Assembly Committee or the Assembly Commission can propose one of these laws, and if the proposal receives a majority vote, through the various stages of scrutiny, then it becomes law.

For information about Wales' constitutional arrangements and law made in Wales see: Law Wales


Welsh laws apply only to Wales. However, the UK parliament in Westminster retains the power to introduce laws which still affect Wales.

UK laws can contain provision which give further power to Welsh Ministers.