Legislation - Fourth Assembly (2011-2016)

Published 31/05/2016   |   Last Updated 22/09/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

During the Fourth Assembly, the Assembly scrutinised and passed 28 Bills into Acts. There were also 3 Bills which fell at the end of the Fourth Assembly and 1 which was rejected by the Assembly. There was also a large quantity of Subordinate Legislation which was scrutinised and enacted during the life of the Fourth Assembly


The following Acts of the Assembly have received Royal Assent during the Fourth Assembly (May 2011 - May 2016)

Introduced by the Welsh Government

Introduced by an Assembly Member

Introduced by the Assembly Commission

Bills Rejected by the Assembly

The following Bills were rejected by the Fourth Assembly and no further proceedings may be taken on these Bills. Standing Order 26.76

Fallen Bills

The following Bills fell at the end of the Fourth Assembly under Standing Order 26.76

Subordinate legislation

Subordinate legislation is law brought forward by Ministers under powers delegated by an Act or Measure of the Assembly or by an Act of Parliament. The Assembly procedures relevant to most subordinate legislation in the Fourth Assembly are set out in Standing Order 27.

Subordinate legislation subject to annulment

Most subordinate legislation is subject to annulment (the negative procedure), This legislation takes effect automatically unless the Assembly resolves to annul it.

Subordinate legislation subject to approval

Some legislation is subject to approval (the affirmative procedure) and has to be formally approved by the Assembly before it takes effect.

Subordinate legislation subject to specific requirements

A very small proportion of subordinate legislation is subject to specific procedures set out in the Act or Measure that contains the power to make it. This includes legislation subject to a ‘super-affirmative’ procedure.

Statutory Instruments made jointly with UK Ministers

Instruments which are made jointly by Welsh and UK Ministers have to be laid before both the Assembly and Parliament.

Breach of the 21 day rule letters

Subordinate legislation must be laid before the National Assembly at least 21 days before it comes into effect. If this rule is breached, the relevant Minister has to notify the Presiding Officer of the reasons

Other subordinate legislation

There is some subordinate legislation for which no formal procedure is prescribed other than that it be laid before the Assembly

Commencement Orders

A Commencement Order is a form of Statutory Instrument which brings into force the whole or part of an Assembly Act at a date set out in the Order. If there is no Commencement Order, the Act will come into force on the day Royal Assent is received or on a date specified in the Act. The Welsh Government notifies the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of Commencement Orders but they are not usually laid before the Assembly or scrutinised by the Committee

Orders in Council under Section 109 of the Government of Wales Act 2006

Section 109 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 empowers Her Majesty, by Order in Council, to amend Schedule 7 to the 2006 Act, provided that the Order has first been approved by the National Assembly for Wales and both Houses of Parliament.

Standing Order 25 provides for the procedure to be followed in respect of the consideration of Orders in Council that are to be made under section 109 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.