Conduct, Rules and Guidance

The Senedd’s rules, and procedures are laid out in Standing Orders, in accordance with the Government of Wales Act (2006), and are enforced by the Presiding Officer who is the highest authority in the Senedd.

Two independent external bodies are also involved in shaping Senedd guidance and rules on conduct.

The role of the Comissioner for Standards includes advising the Senedd on the Code of Conduct for Members of the Senedd and associated guidance and investigating complaints against Members.

The Remuneration Board is responsible for determining Members' pay, allowances and resources.

Standing Orders

The Senedd's procedures are governed by its Standing Orders.

These rules take ​account of any relevant provisions set out in the Government of Wales Act 2006. The Business Committee, which is chaired by the Presiding Officer, may choose to make recommendations on the procedure of the Senedd, including any proposals for revising Standing Orders.

Presiding Officer's Guidance

The role of Llywydd (Presiding Officer) is the single most important office in the Senedd and mirrors the roles of Speakers and Presiding Officers in parliaments across the world.

Guidance on the Proper Conduct of Senedd Business

Guidance on the proper conduct of Senedd business, issued by the Llywydd under Standing Order 6.17, was collated and agreed on 04 June 2019 following consultation with the Business Committee. The Llywydd, in consultation with Business Committee, may revise the guidance at any time.

Determination for proper form​

Consolidation Bills

A Consolidation Bill may be introduced by a member of the Government for the purpose of consolidating existing primary legislation, secondary legislation, and common law (Standing Order 26C.2).

Previous guidance

The following guidance was in place during the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru from December 2021 to May 2024.

Members of the Senedd

Code of Conduct and Associated Rules and Guidance for Members of the Senedd

A new Code of Conduct on the Standards of Conduct of Members of the Senedd and associated guidance has taken effect for the beginning of the Sixth Senedd.

Providing the openness and accountability necessary to reinforce public confidence in the integrity of Members of the Senedd.

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Other Guidance

These guides have been produced to assist Members to understand various aspects of Senedd Business.