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Wales Bill (Draft) 2013-14
Type of Bill:
In May 2012, the Wales Office published a green paper on future electoral arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales (Cm 8357) which sought views on the following:
- Whether the link between parliamentary constituencies and constituencies for elections to the National Assembly for Wales, a link broken as a result of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, should be reinstated
- Whether the length of an Assembly term should be moved from four to five years
- Whether the prohibition on a candidate at an Assembly election standing in both a constituency and a region should endWhether Assembly members should not also be able to sit in Parliament
The consultation ended in August 2012, and the Wales Office published a summary of consultation responses in November 2012.
The Bill aims to:
- Move the National Assembly for Wales from four to five-year fixed terms to reduce the likelihood of Assembly elections coinciding with Parliamentary elections
- Allowing candidates for elections to the National Assembly for Wales to stand in both a constituency and on a regional list.
- Preventing Assembly members from being MPs
The First Minister of Wales welcomed the Draft Wales Bill as a "potential vehicle of implementing the recommendations from Silk Part One" but argued electoral arrangements "should be dealt with in Wales by assembly members."
The Bill will extend to Wales only.