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A bill is a draft law.

Bills may be introduced into the Senedd by: 

  • Welsh Government
  • Members of the Senedd
  • Senedd committees
  • the Senedd Commission

Senedd Cymru

Once a bill is introduced into the Senedd 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 Senedd
  • Report stage – an optional stage to make changes (if required)
  • Stage 4 – a vote by the Senedd to pass the final text of the bill.

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

Bills introduced into the Senedd

Details of the Welsh Government bills introduced for consideration by the Senedd.

Title Background to the bill Information on Senedd progress
Historic Environment (Wales) Bill Written statement business.senedd.wales
Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill Written statement business.senedd.wales

Acts of Senedd Cymru

Once Royal Assent is given, a bill becomes an act of Senedd Cymru. 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 Senedd scrutiny
Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 Collection business.senedd.wales
Welsh Tax Acts etc. (Power to Modify) Act 2022 Collection business.senedd.wales