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Bill documents — Wales Act 2017

Act of Parliament

Full text of the Act of Parliament as passed by Parliament (this is the Act in its original state. The Act may have been amended by another Act and any such amendments are not shown in this version).

House Act of Parliament Date
Wales Act 2017 c.4 31.01.2017

Bills

Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 128 2016-17, Lords Amendments to the Bill | PDF version, 266KB 18.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 89 (as amended on Report) | PDF version, 579KB 11.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 77 (as amended in Committee) | PDF version, 541KB 23.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63 (as introduced) (PDF, 491KB) 13.09.2016
Commons Bill 49 2016-17, as amended in Committee | PDF version, 453KB 12.07.2016
Commons Bill 5 2016-17, as introduced | PDF version, 451KB 07.06.2016

Tracked changes versions of Bills: Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee of the whole House and in Public Bill Committees in the House of Commons

House Tracked changes versions of Bills: Commons Date
Commons Version of the bill showing changes made in committee (PDF, 786KB) 13.09.2016

Tracked changes versions of Bills: Lords

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee, Grand Committee or in Special Public Bill Committee in the House of Lords

House Tracked changes versions of Bills: Lords Date
Lords Version of the bill showing changes made in committee (PDF, 694KB) 28.11.2016

Explanatory Notes

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

House Explanatory Notes Date
Commons Bill 128-EN 2016-17 | PDF version, 271KB 18.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 63 Explanatory Notes | PDF version, 1MB 13.09.2016
Commons Bill 5-EN 2016-17 | PDF version, 1MB 07.06.2016

Delegated Powers Memoranda

The Government provide a delegated powers memorandum for all public (including hybrid) bills to justify the delegation of powers, usually to Ministers, in the bill.

House Delegated Powers Memorandum Date
Commons Wales Office 14 September 2016 (PDF, 416KB) 14.09.2016

"English votes for English laws"

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, the Speaker certifies Bills, or provisions of Bills, as relating exclusively to England, and/or to England and Wales. In relation to Finance Bills, the Speaker may certify founding financial motions, or clauses or schedules, as relating exclusively to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.The text of certificates issued by the Speaker, and information prepared by the Government on how government amendments affect the territorial application of provisions of the bill, are available here. (Similar information about the bill itself can be found in the Explanatory Notes – see above.).

House English votes for English laws Date
Commons Memorandum - Lords Amendments - 19 January 2017 (PDF, 354KB) 23.01.2017
Commons Memorandum from the Wales Office - 12 September 2016 (PDF, 167KB) 13.09.2016
Commons Memorandum from the Wales Office - 12 July 2016 (PDF, 186KB) 12.07.2016

Amendment papers

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed.

See Lords amendments on the new Lords amendments page

House Amendment Paper Date
Commons Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 24 January 2017 | PDF version, 110KB 24.01.2017
Commons Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 20 January 2017 | PDF version, 110KB 23.01.2017
Commons Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 19 January 2017 | PDF version, 111KB 20.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 89-I Marshalled list for Third Reading (PDF, 62KB) 17.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 89(a) Amendments for Third Reading (PDF, 54KB) 11.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 77-II Second marshalled list for Report (PDF, 176KB) 06.01.2017
Lords HL Bill 77-I(b) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF, 58KB) 22.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77-I(a) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF, 141KB) 19.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77-I Marshalled list for Report (PDF, 155KB) 12.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(g) Amendments for Report (PDF, 48KB) 09.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(f) Amendments for Report (PDF, 59KB) 08.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(e) Amendments for Report (PDF, 92KB) 07.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(d) Amendments for Report (PDF, 59KB) 06.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(c) Amendments for Report (PDF, 74KB) 02.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(b) Amendments for Report (PDF, 66KB) 01.12.2016
Lords HL Bill 77(a) Amendments for Report (PDF, 65KB) 30.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-IV Fourth marshalled list for Committee (PDF, 142KB) 21.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-III Third marshalled list for Committee (PDF, 228KB) 11.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-II(b) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the second marshalled list (PDF, 101KB) 10.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-II(a) Amendment for Committee, supplementary to the second marshalled list (PDF, 52KB) 07.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-II Second marshalled list for Committee (PDF, 209KB) 03.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-I(c) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF, 53KB) 02.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-I(b) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF, 60KB) 01.11.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-I(a) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF, 131KB) 31.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63-I Marshalled list for Committee (PDF, 160KB) 27.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(h) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 59KB) 26.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(g) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 65KB) 25.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(f) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 91KB) 24.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(e) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 79KB) 21.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(d) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 52KB) 20.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(c) Amendment for Committee (PDF, 68KB) 18.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(b) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 69KB) 14.10.2016
Lords HL Bill 63(a) Amendments for Committee (PDF, 54KB) 11.10.2016
Commons Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 12 September 2016 | PDF version, 275KB 12.09.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 8 September 2016 | PDF version, 273KB 09.09.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 7 September 2016 | PDF version, 273KB 08.09.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 6 September 2016 | PDF version, 262KB 07.09.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 5 September 2016 | PDF version, 222KB 06.09.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 31 August 2016 | PDF version, 139KB 01.09.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 11 July 2016 | PDF version, 264KB 11.07.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 7 July 2016 | PDF version, 263KB 08.07.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 6 July 2016 | PDF version, 268KB 07.07.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 5 July 2016 | PDF version, 220KB 06.07.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 5 July 2016 | PDF version, 227KB 05.07.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 1 July 2016 | PDF version, 225KB 04.07.2016
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 30 June 2016 | PDF version, 225KB 01.07.2016
Commons CWH Notices of Amendments as at 29 June 2016 | PDF version, 131KB 30.06.2016

Selection of amendments: Commons

In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

House Selection of amendments: Commons Date
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments (PDF, 343KB) 23.01.2017
Commons Consideration on Report (PDF, 260KB) 12.09.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House: Day 2 (PDF, 263KB) 11.07.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House: Day 1 (PDF, 185KB) 05.07.2016

Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings: Commons

Details of the Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings in the House of Commons. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

House Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings: Commons Date
Commons Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments as at 24 January 2017 | PDF version, 106KB 25.01.2017
Commons Report Stage Proceedings as at 12 September 2016 | PDF version, 227KB 13.09.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 11 July 2016 | PDF version, 212KB 12.07.2016
Commons Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 5 July 2016 | PDF version, 156KB 06.07.2016

Briefing papers

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

House Briefing papers Date
Commons Committee Stage Report 15.07.2016
Commons Briefing Paper on Second Reading 13.06.2016

Library Notes

House of Lords Library Notes aim to be politically impartial and are compiled for Members of Parliament and their staff.

House Library Notes Date
Lords European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages 30.01.2017
Lords Wales Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages 04.10.2016

Legislative Consent Resolutions

These ‘legislative consent’ resolutions (also known as “Sewel motions”) are the formal way in which the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly give their assent to the UK Parliament legislating on devolved matters.

House Legislative Consent Resolutions Date
Commons National Assembly for Wales: 17 January 2017 (PDF, 196KB) 23.01.2017

Will write letters

Occasionally questions put to government Ministers during debates on Bills in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords may be answered by the Minister saying 'I will write to the Hon Member'. Such “will write” replies are not published in Hansard but are placed in the Library of the House concerned and published on the Parliamentary website.

House Will write letters Date
Letter dated 18/01/2017 from Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to Lord Rowlands regarding the Wales Bill: Clause 69 consequential provision (PDF, 289KB) 18.01.2017

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