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Plenary is the meeting of the whole Senedd which takes place in the Siambr, the Senedd’s debating chamber. Plenary is chaired by the Presiding Officer and is the main forum for Members of the Senedd to carry out their roles as democratically elected representatives.
These roles are to represent the interests of Wales and its people, to make laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and to hold the Welsh Government to account. They do this through questions to Ministers, debates and voting on issues affecting everyday life in Wales.
Plenary takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is open to the public to come and watch. The Record of Proceedings, a transcript of all Plenary meetings, is available and fully searchable on our business search. You can also watch Plenary meetings live or watch past meetings on demand on Senedd TV.
For a useful introduction Plenary procedures, download our Guide to Plenary (PDF, 364kb). You can read more about the types of business, the organisation of business and the rules Members of the Senedd must follow here.
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The Record of Proceedings is a substantially verbatim transcript of the proceedings of the Senedd's Plenary meetings. It records what was said as well as what was decided.
Every word spoken and every decision taken in the Siambr is recorded and is published on our website within 24 hours. A draft version is also available during meetings, updated every 15 minutes.
Members of the Senedd may make a request at any time to ask an Emergency Question to a member of the Welsh Government or Senedd Commission during Plenary meetings. However, Emergency Questions are only allowed if the Presiding Officer (or the Deputy Presiding Officer if a question relates to the Senedd Commission) is satisfied that the question is of urgent national significance. Emergency Questions were introduced in the Assembly in May 2017, alongside Topical Questions. These replace the procedure for asking Urgent Questions. A list of all the requests for Urgent Questions made in the Assembly up until May 2017 is available on the Urgent Questions pages.