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Encyclopedia > Government of Wales Act 1998

The Government of Wales Act, 1998 (1998 c. 38) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In Westminster System parliaments, an Act of Parliament is a part of the law passed by the Parliament. ... The Houses of Parliament, seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative institution in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories (it alone has parliamentary sovereignty). ...


The long title of the Act is An Act to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the offices of Auditor General for Wales and Welsh Administration Ombudsman; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes. It was passed in 1998 by the Labour government to create a national assembly for Wales. The long title (properly, the title) is one of the parts, together with the short title, and the operative provisions (sections and Schedules), which comprise an Act of Parliament or Bill in the United Kingdom and certain other Commonwealth Realms. ... The National Assembly for Wales (or NAfW) (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) is a devolved assembly (not a full legislature) with power to make regulations in Wales, and also is responsible for most UK government departments in Wales. ... The Labour Party has since its formation in the early 20th century been the principal left wing political party of the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... The National Assembly is the name of either a legislature, or the lower house of a bicameral legislature in some countries. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ...


It transferred most of the powers of the Secretary of State for Wales, and made provision for elections to the Assembly. The post of Secretary of State for Wales came into existence in October of 1964, the first incumbent being Jim Griffiths, MP for Llanelli. ... Since its formation in 1999, there have been two Welsh Assembly elections to the National Assembly for Wales: Welsh Assembly Election, 1999 Welsh Assembly Election, 2003 The next election will be the Welsh Assembly Election, 2007. ...


Background

The Act lead to the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, after the referundum held in 1997 which narrowly approved devolution


External link

  • Text of the Act (OPSI site)

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