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Government of Wales Act 2006[1]
Act of Parliament
"Long title An Act to make provision about the government of Wales.
"Citation 2006 c. 32
Dates
"Royal assent 25 July 2006
Other legislation
Amended by "National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Act 2012, "Wales Act 2014, "Wales Act 2017
Status: Amended
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended
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"Wales and Berwick Act 1746
"Irish Constitution 1782
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"Government of Ireland Act 1920
"Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921
"Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927
"N. Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972
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"Local Government Act 1972
"Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
"Northern Ireland Assembly 1973
"N. Ireland Constitution Act 1973
"Referendum Act 1975
"Scotland Act 1978
"Wales Act 1978
"Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
"Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
"Referendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997
"Good Friday Agreement 1998
"Northern Ireland Act 1998
"Government of Wales Act 1998
"Scotland Act 1998
Government of Wales Act 2006
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"Wales Act 2014
"European Union Referendum Act 2015
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The Government of Wales Act 2006 (c 32) is an "Act of the "Parliament of the United Kingdom that reforms the "National Assembly for Wales and allows further powers to be granted to it more easily. The Act creates a system of government with a separate executive drawn from and accountable to the legislature.

Contents

Provisions[edit]

The Act has the following provisions:

The bill received Royal assent on 25 July 2006.

Schedule 5 of the Act[edit]

Schedule 5 of the Act describes the 20 "Fields" and "Matters" in which the "National Assembly for Wales has Legislative competence i.e. the ability to pass "Assembly Measures (or, since 2011, Acts). A Field is a broad subject area, such as education and training, the environment, health and health services, highways and transport, or housing. A Matter is a specific defined policy area within a Field.

The Assembly can gain further legislative competence by the amendment of Schedule 5. There are two ways in which this can happen: either as a result of clauses included in legislation passed by an Act of Parliament at Westminster, or by "Legislative Competency Orders (LCOs) granted by Parliament in response to a request from the National Assembly itself (LCOs may be proposed by the Welsh Government, or by individual members, or by Assembly Committees, but must be approved by the National Assembly before they can go forward). The result of either method is to amend any of the 20 Fields by inserting specific Matters. The Assembly then has competence to pass legislation on those Matters.

Schedule 5 is regularly updated as result of these two processes. An up-to-date version of the Schedule (which also indicates where amendments are proposed) is available on the National Assembly's website.[2]

Fields of Schedule 5[edit]

Criticism[edit]

The Government of Wales Act 2006 was criticised by "Plaid Cymru for not delivering a fully-fledged parliament.["citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this "short title is authorised by section 166 of this Act.
  2. ^ Schedule 5 | NAFW Archived 2010-11-20 at the "Wayback Machine.. Assemblywales.org. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.

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UK Legislation[edit]

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