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Full law making powers

Welsh Assembly Government

Full law making powers

What would be different if the National Assembly for Wales had full law making powers under Part 4 of the Government of Wales Act (GOWA) 2006?

If the National Assembly had full law making powers, it would be able to pass laws, called Acts, in the full range of devolved policy areas. It would acquire these powers in the full range of devolved policy areas all at once, if and when Part 4 came into force.

This would mean Parliament’s agreement would no longer be needed on a case by case basis, to add to the list of devolved policy areas where the National Assembly for Wales has the power to pass laws.

The areas of policy where the National Assembly would be able to pass Acts, i.e., the full range of devolved policy areas, are set out in Schedule 7 to GOWA 2006.