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10. Legislating for Wales 2013: Law Making for Wales Reaches Full Speed

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2013 has been a very busy legislative year. In many ways it marks a continuation of 2012, with more and more Welsh Acts being passed. It also saw the National Assembly pitted against the UK Government as the former rejected three Legislative Consent Motions. 2013 has also been interesting because it further strengthened the legislative differentiation of the law of England and Wales – a leading example being the passing of the Welsh Act reforming the organ donation system in Wales. Another is the Welsh attempt to rescue the Agricultural Wages Board (which has been abolished in England). On occasions, Welsh Bills have shown novel use of the Assembly's procedures, some of which have never been used before, such as the 'accelerated' Bill procedure. Sadly, 2013 is also the year when framework legislation (deeply criticized in the Third Assembly (2007–11)) made a comeback. The question of formalizing a separate Welsh jurisdiction seems to have been set aside while the 2013 constitutional debate focused on the future of the UK as the Scottish referendum comes closer. This is likely to have a fundamental impact on the other British jurisdictions (whatever the results of the referendum). Furthermore, a key upcoming moment in Welsh legal history will be when the Silk commission reports on the devolved competence in the spring of 2014. Moreover, the Supreme Court will also rule on the legality of two Welsh Bills in 2014. However, before such developments the following discussion of 2013 reveals the 'cruising speed' and extent of law making for Wales in the immediate post-2011 referendum period.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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