Bills may be introduced into the Assembly by: 

  • Welsh Government
  • Assembly members
  • Assembly committees
  • the Assembly Commission

National Assembly for Wales

Once a bill is introduced into the Assembly it undergoes scrutiny. This is generally a 4 stage process:

  • Stage 1 – consideration and agreement of the general principles of the bill
  • Stage 2 – detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by a committee
  • Stage 3 – detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by the Assembly
  • Report stage – an optional stage to make changes (if required)
  • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the bill.

Further information on the Assembly’s scrutiny process is available in the Assembly’s guide to the legislative process.

Progress of Assembly bills

Details of the Welsh Government bills currently being considered by the Assembly.

Title Background to the bill Information on Assembly progress
Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment)(Wales) Bill Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill senedd.assembly.wales
Legislation (Wales) Bill Written statement senedd.assembly.wales

Acts of the Assembly

Once Royal Assent is given, a bill becomes an act of the Assembly. The act may include powers for the Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (for example, regulations and orders) to give further details of how the law is to be applied.

Title Background to the act Information on Assembly scrutiny
Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill – Impact assessments senedd.assembly.wales
Childcare Funding (Wales) Act 2019 Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill – Impact assessments senedd.assembly.wales
Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill senedd.assembly.wales
Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 Regulation of Registered Social Landlords – Impact assessments senedd.assembly.wales
Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Act 2018 Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill senedd.assembly.wales
Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018 Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill senedd.assembly.wales
Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme senedd.assembly.wales
Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 Landfill Disposals Tax senedd.assembly.wales
Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017 Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017 senedd.assembly.wales
Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 Public Health (Wales) Bill senedd.assembly.wales
Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 Land Transaction Tax senedd.assembly.wales