The name of the Assembly formally changes to the Welsh Parliament, commonly known as the Senedd.
The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 receives royal assent and becomes law.
On 27 November, the Assembly gave its final approval to the Bill at Stage 4 . A ‘supermajority’ of at least 40 Members were required to vote in favour for the Bill to be approved; 41 voted in favour.
September 2019 Agreement to establish committee
The Assembly agrees to establish a committee to examine the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.
Committee on Senedd Electoral Reform
On 18 September 2019, a Committee of the whole Assembly agreed changes to the Bill. The amended Bill therefore moved to Stage 3, where the Assembly considered more changes to the Bill.
The Assembly voted on 10 July 2019 to approve the general principles of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Bill therefore moved to the next stage of the legislative process.
Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that while she was confident that the case in favour of increasing the number of Members had been made, there was not yet consensus on how Members should be elected.
For this reason, the Commission decided it was not possible to legislate on Phase 2 of electoral reform in the 5th Assembly.
On 12 February 2019, the Llywydd introduced the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill on behalf of the Assembly Commission. The Bill proposed to lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16, change the name of the Assembly and make other important changes.
Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that the name change proposeded in the Bill would be the monolingual name “Senedd” and that Members would be referred to as “Aelodau’r Senedd / Members of the Senedd”.
October 2018: Plans for legislation announced
On 2 October 2018 the Assembly Commission announced its intention to introduce legislation to:
change the name of the Assembly, lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16, and make other changes.
gave its approval to the Commission’s decision on 10 October 2018.
Find out more about the Commission’s announcement
July 2018: Key findings published and votes at 16 plans announced
The Assembly Commission announces its intention to legislate to lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16 and change the name of the Assembly.
Read the key findings.
February 2018: Commission consulted on the Expert Panel’s recommendations and other possible reforms.
The consultation which ran from 12 February to 6 April 2018, asked people in Wales to share their views on a range of proposals, including the recommendations of the independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.
December 2017: Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform publishes its report
The report, ‘A Parliament that works for Wales’, recommended between 20 and 30 additional Assembly Members elected through a more proportional electoral system with accountability to electors and diversity at its heart. It also recommended lowering the voting age for Assembly elections to 16.
Read the Expert Panel's report.
June 2017: Commission announced decision to legislate to change the Assembly’s name
Following a consultation, the Commission announced its decision to legislate to change the legislature’s name.
The consultation showed that 61% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the Assembly should change its name.
February 2017: Llywydd establishes Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform
The Llywydd announced the establishment of an Expert Panel on Electoral Reform, Chaired by Professor Laura McAllister, to provide impartial advice on the number of Members needed, the most suitable electoral system, and the minimum voting age for Assembly elections.
Find out more about the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform.
December 2016: Name change consultation launched
On 8 December 2016 the Assembly Commission launches name consultation on a proposal to change the name of the Assembly.
November 2016: Assembly Commission decision
On the 14 November 2016 Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales announced the Assembly Commission’s decision to take forward work to address the capacity of the Assembly.
July 2016: Name change debated
Assembly Members agreed unanimously that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament.