Codification of Welsh law “will be a long journey” as Senedd passes Legislation Bill

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Yesterday, the Senedd voted on whether to approve the Legislation Bill.

The Member in charge, Counsel General & Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles (Lab, Neath), hoped the law will bring a long and complex statute book to order and create a new body of law which is clearer and more comprehensive in both English and Welsh.

The process of developing the Bill started in June 2017 and the Counsel General was proud the Bill has been supported at all stages by all parties and by civil society in general.

“The work on codification of Welsh law is at its starting point. This will be a long journey with much to be done. But we cannot but make a start. The Bill is a signal of the maturity of our legislature, of the development of Welsh law, but also sets a foundation for the future.”
– Counsel General & Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles

Suzy Davies AM (Con, South Wales West) appreciated the Counsel General’s willingness to engage with AMs, resulting in them having visible influence over the process. She promised that the responsible committees will keep a close eye on the law’s effectiveness and value for money “once it’s had a chance to bed in”.

Under the Senedd’s rules, a recorded vote has to be taken on the final vote of a Bill (Stage 4), but it was passed unanimously.

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