National Assembly for Wales

devolved parliament of Wales

The Welsh Parliament (Welsh: Senedd Cymru) is a devolved parliament with the power to make laws in Wales. It is also called the Welsh Assembly or Senedd.

Welsh Parliament
Senedd Cymru
Presiding Officer
Rosemary Butler, Labour
Since 11 May 2011
Minister for Government Business
Lesley Griffiths, Labour Party
Since 14 March 2013
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Political groups

Opposition Parties

Additional Member System
Last election
5 May 2011
Next election
5 May 2016
Meeting place
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Senedd, Cardiff


The Assembly was created after the Government of Wales Act 1998 law, which was introduced after a referendum in 1997. The Assembly had no powers to make primary legislation until the Government of Wales Act 2006 law, which gave the Assembly limited powers to make laws.

Its powers were increased again after a Yes vote in a referendum on 3 March 2011, which allowed the Assembly to make laws without having to ask the UK parliament, or the Secretary of State for Wales.[1]

How it worksEdit

The Assembly has 60 members, called Assembly Members, or AMs for short. In Welsh, they are called Aelod y Cynulliad.

Assembly Members are elected for 4 years in an additional members system - 40 AMs are elected by the plurality system, and represent the different areas of Wales. Another 20 AMs from 5 electoral regions are also elected, by the proportional representation system.

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Wales says Yes in referendum vote". BBC News. 4 March 2011.