Helping you understand Welsh law


Devolution is the process of establishing limited self-government for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. In practice it means the power to pass legislation (legislative competence) has been granted to the three national legislatures within the United Kingdom (the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly), and certain Ministerial powers have been transferred from the UK Government to the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

The nature of devolution in Wales has evolved over time, and is expected to evolve further in the future. The links to the right provide an overview of the key stages of devolution in Wales to the present day. Also included is an outline of the work of the Commission on Devolution in Wales which led to the most recent developments in devolution.

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